3/14/2012

Bahrainis campaign for hunger striker with #KillingKhawaja hashtag

http://storyful.com/stories/22601

Its a hashtag that reminds me, I cud loose my father, my daughetr might grow up without her grandpa #killingkhawaja


Bahrainis trended the hashtag #killingKhawaja worldwide on Tuesday evening in a concerted effort to draw attention to the hunger strike of imprisoned human rights activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja. The campaign came as Al-Khawaja entered his 33rd day of refusing food in protest against his detention in Jaw prison and human rights abuses in the kingdom. He is currently serving a life sentence on charges of terrorism and planning to overthrow the government. Al Khawaja, who was sentenced last June as part of a government crackdown on pro-democracy protests, is also a Danish citizen and has called for EU intervention in his case in the hopes of highlighting human rights abuses in his country. Dozens of people have been killed and many imprisoned since anti-government protests began in Bahrain on February 14, 2011.