Maryam Al-Khawaja - Heroes of Bahrain’s Revolution





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Published on Jun 5, 2011

Audio: English
Captions: العربية - Español

Maryam Al-Khawaja speaks at Oslo Freedom Forum 2011
Heroes of Bahrain’s Revolution


Bahraini human rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja frames her remarks with the stories of individuals who have been targeted by the Bahraini government for their involvement in the protests that coalesced around her capital city's Pearl Roundabout. One is Ibrahim Sharif, general secretary of the National Democratic Action Society, who is now being tried as a terrorist. According to al-Khawaja, anyone who expresses a desire for freedom in Bahrain is labeled as a terrorist or an Iranian spy. Al Khawaja's own father, Abdulhadi, has been in detention for a month already and has suffered brutal torture; the left side of his face alone is fractured in four places. And one young woman who was also present at the protests has gone into hiding now to escape the authorities. Her parents were pressured to disclose her location, or else their other children would be killed off one by one. After giving up her whereabouts, they still have not learned where their daughter has been taken. These accounts provide a striking look at the brutal methods used by the Bahraini government, which Al-Khawaja and other human rights activists are working to expose.


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