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Human Rights Commissioner Löning expresses concern at critical condition of Bahraini human rights activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja

13.04.2012 - Press release

According to various sources, Danish-Bahraini human rights activist Abdulhadi al‑Khawaja is still in a critical condition. He has now been on hunger strike for 64 days. Markus Löning, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy, issued the following statement today (13 April):

“The Government of Bahrain urgently needs to find a humanitarian solution for Abdulhadi al‑Khawaja. His state of health is extremely poor and not fit to withstand continued imprisonment.
I also call on the Bahraini authorities to grant the Danish Ambassador immediate consular access to al-Khawaja.
It is urgently incumbent on all sides to work towards national reconciliation and an end to the violence.”

23 April has been set as the next key date in Abdulhadi al-Khawaja’s appeal. Al-Khawaja was arrested in spring 2011 alongside large numbers of other activists, during the violent clashes which were taking place in Bahrain; a special tribunal sentenced him to life in prison

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