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Abdulhadi Alkhawaja Near Death


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Bahrain and Washington want him silenced, not heard.

by Stephen Lendman

Abdulhadi is a heroic human rights activist. A previous article discussed him and his ordeal in detail.

April 11 marks his 63rd hunger striking day for justice - if he's still alive. Bahrain won't clarify beyond a short less than reassuring statement. Ruling Al-Khalifa despots keep brutalizing him. They want him dead and silenced.

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Among his many distinguished credentials, he co-founded the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR. He also served as its first president. On April 9, his lawyer, Mohammed Al-Jeshi, expressed fear he died.

"Authorities have been refusing since (Sunday) all requests, made by myself and by his family, to visit or contact" him, Jeshi said.

"We fear that he might have passed away as there is no excuse for them to prevent us from visiting or contacting him."

He and family members are even denied permission to speak to him. Government spokesman Abdulaziz bin Mubarak Al-Khalifa (a royal family member) claims he's stable.

In fact, without food for two months he's close to death. His vital organs deteriorated. He could expire any time, may already have, and Bahrain's concealing its crime against humanity. 

It's one of thousands in the past year alone. The Al-Khalifa monarchy is one of the world's most ruthless dictatorships. It's also a close Washington ally. US media scoundrels ignore Abdulhadi's abuse and other regime crimes. 

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Amnesty International (AI) calls him a prisoner of conscience and demanded his immediate unconditional release. He's a Danish national. Denmark's request to extradite him was denied.

Bahrain's Supreme Judiciary Council said Criminal Procedures Law stipulates that releasing convicted persons to other countries doesn't apply to him. No reasons were given. It's clear they want him silenced. In other words, better dead than heard.

Danish Foreign Minister, Ole Engberg Mikkelsen, said there's little time left. "It is a case where the clock is ticking. We are continuing our efforts to convince Bahrain that it is in everyone's interests that he be extradited."

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