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Bahrain: Maryam Al-Khawaja Detained Upon Arrival in Bahrain to Visit Her Father Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja

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On Saturday, 30 August, Maryam Al-Khawaja, daughter of imprisoned human rights defender Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, and a prominent HRD in her own right, was detained at Bahrain's airport upon her arrival to visit her father in hospital, where he was taken after beginning a hunger strike earlier in the week.

Following the denial of entry on the grounds that she does not have Bahraini citizenship (despite her presenting her Bahraini ID card upon arrival), Maryam was detained and ultimately taken to prison for 7 days of so-called 'investigation'. Her lawyer, Mohammed Al-Jishi has been denied access, but has indicated that charges against her include 'insulting the king.'

Before losing access to her account, she announced on Twitter that she would begin a water-only hunger strike. (On Sunday, 31 August, Maryam confirmed she would suspend her hunger strike so as not to cause undue concern for her father, whose health is suffering from his ongoing hunger strike).

Earlier this week, Maryam's sister Zainab Al-Khawaja was briefly detained when she went to the hospital to visit Abdulhadi, after he was moved from the prison, but denied access to his family or a lawyer.

Abdulhadi began his hunger strike on Monday, 25 August, to protest his continued arbitrary detention.

Maryam serves as Co-Director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights and was Acting President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights while Bahraini HRD Nabeel Rajab was imprisoned.

Link: https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/node/27004

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