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    The feudal regime in Bahrain continues to defy the demands of people of conscience around the world by keeping incarcerated thirteen prominent Human Rights activists.

    The matter has become even more critical as on August 31st one of the thirteen, Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, commenced a hunger strike.



    The most recent report I can find on his condition is from September 6th and reads as follows:

    06 September 2014 - 13th day hunger strike - Updates

    Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja has called his wife. She said his voice was very weak. When she asked him about his health he said "emotionally I am strong, physically its not in my hands anymore." and he added "It's not that I want to die; it's just that if I live I want to live as a free man. Think of it this way, we are free despite our chains, they are the prisoners despite their freedom. We sleep peacefully, because we are on a righteous path. They know of their atrocities and live in fear."
    AL-Khawaja has been joined on hunger strike by another prominent activist Naji Fateel and a reported 30 other prisoners at Jaw prison.



    Fateel (pictured above) has undergone terrible torture in prison:

    He has received electric shocks to his genitals, left foot, and back, and been subjected to simulated drowning, severe beatings, threats to publish photographs of his wife (taken from her camera which was confiscated when security forces raided the family home), verbal abuse, hanging by his hands from the ceiling, sexual harassment and threats to rape him, standing for long hours, and sleep deprivation.
    http://www.bahrainrights.org/

    On August 30th the daughter of Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, Maryam Al-Khawaja, was also arrested when she flew into Bahrain to visit her father. She remain incarcerated despite appeals from the UN and other bodies for her immediate release.

    ww.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/09/bahrain-human-rights-activist-maryam-al-khawaja

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    The Irish government, for it's part, appears to be entirely unconcerned as to how much brutality is inflicted on the people of Bahrain by it's feudal despots. In May, for example, the Chairman of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen TD was happy to pay an official visit to Bahrain at it's invitation and slap backs with members of it's government.

    Breen was quoted as saying;

    Tomorrow, I will be hosted by the Minister for Industry and Trade Dr Hassan Fakhro, with whom I intend to raise the possibility of reopening the beef and sheep meat market. It is estimated that the Bahraini market was worth €1.5m to Irish agriculture before it closed. Recognising the importance of such markets to Ireland’s farm families and the wider agrifood industry, I will be stressing that Ireland’s agricultural produce is among the finest in the world. I am also looking forward to meetings with the Chairman of the Shoura Council Ali bin Saleh Al Saleh and Members of the the Foreign Affairs, Defence and National Security Committee to discuss the Middle East and developments in the area.
    http://www.patbreen.ie/2014/05/13/fo...r-trade-visit/

    Well, as long as Ireland's farm families are okay ....
    Do not rejoice in his defeat, you men. For though the world has stood up and stopped the bastard, the (female dog) that bore him is in heat again. Bertolt Brecht

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    Hunger strike - Day 17 Update

    10 September 2014 - 17th day hunger strike - Updates

    In a call, Abdulhadi AlKhawaja told his wife he was informed by the prison doctor that he should be transferred to the Bahrain Defense Force hospital (military hospital). Alkhawaja completely refuses to be transferred, for multiple reasons: he was subjected to torture there following his arrest in 2011. He was badly treated there while on hunger strike in 2012, he was disconnected from communication with anyone. And he was force-fed there to force an end to his 110 days hunger strike in 2012. For information of what force feeding is you may watch the following video: http://youtu.be/z6ACE-BBPRs
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    Update - Day 22

    15 September 2014 - 22nd day hunger strike - Updates

    The entire Al-Khawaja family was allowed to meet in Jaw prison this afternoon for 1,5 hours. Abdulhadi's health remains an issue of extreme concern as he enters day 22 of his hunger strike. The family reported that he looked pale, very thin, and that his face appeared bony; his eyes had difficulty focusing during their meeting.
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    27 days now.

    AlKhawaja's reply to a request from the Human Rights Centre that he call off his hunger strike:

    Do not rejoice in his defeat, you men. For though the world has stood up and stopped the bastard, the (female dog) that bore him is in heat again. Bertolt Brecht

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    19 September 2014 - 26th day hunger strike - Update

    Blood pressure 90/60...blood sugar 3.3...weight 52
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    Very serious. What are the 13 campaigning for, politically ?
    “ We cannot withdraw our cards from the game. Were we as silent and mute as stones, our very passivity would be an act. ”
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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Flower View Post
    Very serious. What are the 13 campaigning for, politically ?
    An end to feudalism.
    Do not rejoice in his defeat, you men. For though the world has stood up and stopped the bastard, the (female dog) that bore him is in heat again. Bertolt Brecht

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    Hunger strike ends ...

    22 September 2014 - 29th day hunger strike - Updates

    AlKhawaja's condition continues to deteriorate, and at present he has lost approximately 18% of his body weight. However, the family of Al-Khawaja announced that he will be ending his hunger strike on 23 Sep 2014 out of concern for his fellow prisoners of conscience who have joined him in the hunger strike. Abdulhadi has previously implored his fellow prisoners of conscience to not attach their own hunger strike to his actions. Two other prisoners on hunger strike collapsed in the prison today, and Abdulhadi was extremely concerned for their well-being.
    Do not rejoice in his defeat, you men. For though the world has stood up and stopped the bastard, the (female dog) that bore him is in heat again. Bertolt Brecht

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