118 international and Bahraini human rights organizations called on the Danish government to seek to secure the “immediate and unconditional” release of the human rights defender Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja (59 years), who holds dual Bahraini and Danish nationalities.
This came in a joint letter to the Danish Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen, demanding the release of Al-Khawaja, 10 years after his arrest.
Human Rights Watch stated that Al-Khawaja is serving a life sentence in Bahrain’s “Jaw” prison because of his peaceful political and human rights activities.
The organization stated that Al-Khawaja was arrested on April 9, 2011, due to his role in organizing demonstrations seeking political reform during the popular pro-democracy movement that began in February 2011.
She said that the security forces “violently arrested Al-Khawaja, and subjected him to more severe physical, psychological and sexual torture. He was sentenced in June 2011, after unfair trials in courts that did not comply with Bahrain’s criminal law or international standards for a fair trial.”
Al-Khawaja co-founded the “Gulf Center for Human Rights” and the “Bahrain Center for Human Rights”, and previously held the position of Protection Coordinator at Front Line Defenders in the Middle East and North Africa from 2008 until early 2011.