Denmark Prime Minister calls for release of al-Khawaja from Bahrain prison
The Associated Press reported yesterday that the Prime Minister of Denmark called for the immediate release of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, a Bahraini activist who has been imprisoned for life in Bahrain, and who is also a Danish citizen.
“Denmark demands that Danish-Bahraini citizen and human rights activist Khawaja be freed,” stated Thorning-Schmidt yesterday.
Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidtalleged that Mr. Khawaja’s health was in great danger resulting from abuse in prison and a 60+ day hunger strike. The minister received reports on Mr. Khawaja’s status from
Danish ambassador Christian Koenigsfeldt. The activist had been receiving daily visits from the Danish ambassador to Bahrain until two days ago, when the ambassador was denied access to him. The visits resumed Tuesday.
Amnesty International is also calling for his immediate release, while the U.S. has urged a “humanitarian” resolution.
Meanwhile, the Bahrain government remains defiant in the face of international pressure, with Ministry spokespersons stating “No state has the right to demand the release” of a citizen or a resident of Bahrain condemned by the “honest and independent” judiciary of the country.
It is notable that by the government’s own independent commission, it was acknowledged that Khawaja was abused and tortured by security forces, and subjected to a military trial, although he was a civilian. Mr. Khawaja has not received a fair “honest and independent” trial, nor fair treatment.
- EU High Representative Catherine Ashton calls for consular access to Khawaja (humanrightstodolist.wordpress.com)
- Bahrain Refuses To Send Hunger Striker To Denmark (kayceeweezy.wordpress.com)