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Abdulhadi Alkhawaja Near Death
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.
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.