Maryam al-Khawaja, Outstanding Human Rights Activist, has Been Jailed and is on Hunger Strike

Maryam al-Khawaja is a prominent campaigner for human rights in Bahrain. Her father is in prison with a life sentence and went on a hunger strike on August 26. The next day Maryam flew to Bahrain to try to help her father. She was arrested in the airport on various charges including "insulting the king"! She is now on hunger strike.

At the start of June she spoke (via recording) at a panel at the Left Forum. Her talk is on our "The Struggle" Video News #551 (near the end 21:33)

Several years ago Maryam was slated to come to CT to receive a human rights award for her father at UCONN from UNICEF. Palestinian activists found out that a similar award was going to be given out to a relative of Shimon Peres, the then president of Israel (along with several other human rights activists). Maryam and the other honorees were approached and asked to decline the award. Maryam immediately turned back the award and wrote a wonderful article denouncing Peres and Israeli apartheid.

Please go to this website and do what you can to aid Maryam al-Khawaja and all the Bahraini victims of injustice.

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