Statement on Jailed Human Rights Defender Abdulhadi Al Khawaja

Human Rights Defender Abdulhadi Al Khawaja is now in the 12th year of a life sentence in Bahrain for his peaceful human rights work. I know he is a Human Rights Defender and not a terrorist.

I have repeatedly called on the Bahraini authorities to immediately and unconditionally release him. He has dual citizenship of Bahrain and Denmark, and I call on the Danish government to publicly call for his release, and to intensify their efforts bilaterally and within the European Union to have him released.

He should never have been sent to jail, and is one of many Human Rights Defenders around the world serving long prison sentences after being wrongfully convicted after an unfair trial.

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