#HelpKhawaja goes viral amidst growing appeals for his release

The calls to release activist Abdulhadi Al Khawaja in Bahrain are growing by the day. The 51 year old Bahrani-Danish citizen has been on a hunger strike for a sixteen days. Al Khawaja was arrested in April 2011 and has been entenced to life imprisonment in June.

In an ‘open letter’ letter written from prison on Feb. 8, 2011 the Danish citizen has asked the government of Denmark for an EU intervention and stressed on the human right violations in Bahrain.

An online campaign is underway in Bahrain with leading human rights activists and citizens raising their voice to free the activist. #helpkhawaja is trending and many people have changed their twitter profile pictures with that of Al Khawaja. Numerous people have lost their lives in Bahrain and many jailed since anti-government protests began in Bahrain on February 14, 2011.

Activists spread the word on twitter, including tweets coming from one of his daughter.

Within hours of this creation the hagtag was trending across the globe

Image: TrendsMap

With the kind of support it attacked #HelpKhawaja became a trending topic on Twitter

To reflect their support to #HelpKhawaja many prominent Bahraini Activists including Nabeel Rajab changed their Twitter profile picture to Al Khawaja’s picture.

Image: @NabeelRajab

Support came from world over for Al Khawaja on his 15th day of hunger strike



A petition was floated demanding Al Khawaja’s freedom, which has already garnered over 27,000 signatures. Al Khawaja’s daughter Maryam Khawaja another prominent Bahraini activists tweeted about her father tortured in detention.


Protests across Bahrain were seen in solidarity with Al Khawaja

About a month back, Al Khawaja wrote a letter to the Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs, highlighting his plight and the plight of other Bahraini dissidents:

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