Activist says she desires to satisfy her jailed father Abdulhadi al-Khawaja who’s at present on starvation strike.
A daughter of outstanding Bahraini rights activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja stated she was denied boarding a flight in London as she tried to return to the Gulf state and press for her father’s launch from jail.
Maryam al-Khawaja on Friday stated she was advised at a British Airways’ counter at Heathrow Airport that she was not allowed to board her flight and may contact Bahraini immigration authorities.
“Its extremely disappointing, this may occasionally have been my final probability to see my dad,” she she stated in a video message posted on X, previously generally known as Twitter, and recorded in British Airways’ check-in space.
“Successfully we’re being denied boarding by British Airways on behalf of the Bahraini authorities.”
“It is extremely disappointing, this may occasionally have been my final probability to see my dad”
Regardless of @MARYAMALKHAWAJA being a Bahraini citizen she was denied boarding at #London airport and wasn’t allowed to get on the aircraft headed for her dwelling nation #FreeAlKhawaja @britshairwys2… pic.twitter.com/XiPb2BeTgM
— #FreeAlKhawaja (@FreeAlKhawaja) September 15, 2023
The Bahraini authorities stated it welcomes all guests, supplied they meet the required entry necessities.
“Nonetheless, as with different nations, Bahrain reserves the suitable to refuse entry, if deemed vital,” the federal government stated in an announcement despatched to the Reuters information company.
Maryam stated she would journey to Bahrain and threat her arrest as a result of her father was denied entry to pressing and significant medical remedy, a part of the explanation why he’s on a starvation strike.
Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, additionally a Danish citizen, is a former president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights and is serving a life sentence for his position in Bahrain’s pro-democracy protests in 2011.
A bunch of activists, who stated they’d be a part of her, together with Amnesty Worldwide Secretary-Basic Agnes Callamard and Entrance Line Defenders’ Interim Director Olive Moore, had been additionally denied boarding, she stated.
“The choice to forestall Maryam Al-Khawaja and the human rights delegation accompanying her from travelling to Bahrain is a shameless try by the Bahraini authorities to cease folks from talking out about human rights violations within the nation,” Callamard stated in an announcement.
“The transfer clearly illustrates the authorities’ utter disregard for worldwide human rights requirements opposite to what Bahrain’s Crown Prince pretended throughout a visit to Washington DC simply yesterday.”
Moore stated refusing al-Khawaja’s proper to freedom of motion was “utterly unjustifiable”.
Maryam al-Khawaja was arrested in 2014 after arriving at Manama airport and accused of assaulting a police officer. She was later launched and left Bahrain later that yr.
Requested whether or not there have been any expenses towards Maryam al-Khawaja, the Bahraini authorities stated she was convicted after she assaulted two policewomen in 2014 and he or she “by no means served or appealed her one-year sentence”.
“In Bahrain, as with all authorities with an impartial judiciary, people who’re convicted in a court docket of regulation are topic to authorized proceedings and due course of,” a authorities spokesperson stated.
On Wednesday, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja resumed his hunger strike after authorities didn’t enable him to get to a scheduled medical appointment, his second daughter, Zainab, advised Reuters.
His resolution adopted an announcement by rights teams that a whole lot of different political prisoners had suspended starvation strikes as the federal government promised to enhance jail circumstances.
Mary Lawlor, the United Nations Particular Rapporteur on the state of affairs of human rights defenders, stated the deteriorating well being of Bahraini prisoners Abduljalil al-Singace, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and Naji Fateel was “extraordinarily” regarding.
“Medical negligence and lack of sufficient care has left them in a worrying state,” Lawlor stated in an announcement.
On Wednesday the federal government denied al-Khawaja was on starvation strike, including he has “repeatedly and voluntarily declined to attend his common medical appointments”.