Category : Abdulhadi Alkhawaja

Bahrain: Human rights defender remains jailed

Prominent regime critic Maryam Alkhawaja was detained at Bahrain International Airport on Friday as she tried to enter the country

Index calls on Bahrain government to free Nabeel Rajab

Index on Censorship has called upon the Bahraini government to release 2012 Index  Freedom of Expression Award winner Nabeel Rajab and other prisoners of conscience

Bahrain: Verdict in trial for 13 activists postponed

Bahrain’s Court of Cassation today postponed issuing a verdict in the appeal of 13 opposition activists, including well-known human rights activist and Bahrain Center for Human Rights founder Abdulhadi Alkhawaja. The verdict will now be issued on 7 January, a request to release the activists pending the verdict was rejected. The activists, who are all serving […]

Bahrain revokes citizenship of 31 activists

Bahrain is preparing for the first anniversary of the Bahrain Independent Commission for Inquiry (BICI) by placing even greater restrictions on free expression. As violence escalates in the Gulf kingdom, the country’s government has taken new measures in the name of national security. According to an announcement made last night on the state-run Bahrain TV, the country’s […]

Bahrain authorities play games with Nabeel Rajab’s freedom

OPINION This week Bahrain continued its game of cat and mouse with human rights defender Nabeel Rajab, releasing him once more on Wednesday after re-arresting him on 6 June. The outspoken activist and president of Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) has been arrested, released, and arrested again — all in the past two months. Although Rajab is […]

Playing cat and mouse with Bahrain’s political prisoners

There are no prisoners of conscience in Bahrain — at least that’s what the government would like you to think. A year ago today, eight opposition activists were given life sentences for their involvement in the country’s anti-government uprising. When NGOs and foreign governments call for the release of political prisoners, particularly those jailed for exercising […]

Index award winner released from Bahraini prison

Index on Censorship welcomes yesterday’s release of prominent rights activist and Index 2012 Award winner Nabeel Rajab, and calls for all charges against the activist to be dropped

Bahrain: Abdulhadi Alkhawaja ends hunger strike

Prominent Bahraini rights activist Abdulhadi Alkhawaja ended his hunger strike yesterday (28 May), according to his lawyer, Mohammad Al-Jishi. Alkhawaja, who was on hunger strike for 110 days, started his hunger strike on 8 February saying that he would strike until “freedom or death”.  The former head of Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) was brought […]

Hunger striker Abdulhadi Alkhawaja to be retried in civilian court

Bahrain’s Court of Cassation yesterday ordered a retrial in a civilian court for activist and hunger striker Abdulhadi Alkhawaja and twenty other activists. Alkhawaja was originally sentenced to life in prison by a military tribunal in June 2011 for his involvement in last year’s anti-government protests. Despite ordering a re-trial, the court decided to keep Alkhawaja and […]

Time to stop doing business with Bahrain

Bahrainis still suffer with human rights abuse, torture and political imprisonment, says Sara Yasin. Despite its supporters' "astonishment", it's no wonder that the world was "hostile" to its Grand Prix

Bahrain: Blood on the track

International outrage over failed reforms and violent protests will not stop the Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix this weekend - Index examines the controversial sporting fixture.

LMFAO: Sorry for protest crushing

It looks like LMFAO’s party-rockin’ tour has been enlisted in whitewashing Bahrain’s human rights abuses. According to the state-owned Bahrain News Agency (BNA), the duo is set to perform in a free show for fans at the Bahrain Grand Prix Sunday. Bahrain has borrowed a favourite from the iPod of fellow protest-crusher Syria’s Bashar Al-Assad to […]