Abdulhadi al-Khawaja

Abdulhadi al-Khawaja
Abdulhadi Alkhawaja taking part in a pro-democracy protest in February 2011
Abdulhadi Abdulla Hubail Alkhawaja

April 5, 1961
DisappearedApril 23, 2012
BDF hospital
NationalityDanish and Bahraini
OccupationHuman rights defender
Years active1979–present
Home townManama (Fareeg el-Makharga)
Criminal chargeorganizing and managing a terrorist organisation, attempt to overthrow the government by force and in liaison with a terrorist organisation working for a foreign country and the collection of money for a terrorist group
Criminal penaltyLife imprisonment
Criminal statusTo be retried[1]
Spouse(s)Khadija Almousawi [2]
ChildrenMaryam and Zainab 2 others[3]
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Abdulhadi Abdulla Hubail Alkhawaja is a Bahraini-Danish human rights activists. He is now in prison in Bahrain after the Bahraini uprising. He is former president[4] and co-founder[5] of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR). This is a nonprofit non-governmental group which works to promote human rights in Bahrain.[6]

On 9 April 2011, Alkhawaja was arrested. Alkhawaja was given life imprisonment on 22 June 2011.[7] On 8 February 2012, he started a hunger strike until "freedom or death".[8]


  1. http://news.kuwaittimes.net/2012/05/01/bahrain-to-retry-hunger-striker-protest-leaders/
  2. "Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, Bahraini Hunger Strike Activist, Disappears from Hospital". International Business Times UK. 25 April 2012.
  3. http://news.kuwaittimes.net/2012/05/01/bahrain-to-retry-hunger-striker-protest-leaders
  4. Staff writer (10 May 2011). "Another Bahraini Crime: Rights Activist's Jawbones Smashed Under Torture". Al-Manar. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
  5. Staff writer. "About us". Business & Human Rights Resource Center. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
  6. Bahrain Center for Human Rights website, accessed 17 May 2011
  7. "Bahrain rights activists jailed for life", The Guardian, 22 June 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
  8. http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1647079/QA-Bahraini-activist-Maryam-Al-Khawaja