Letter to BBC asking for coverage of Abdulhadi Alkhawaja’s case

“I am writing to you about Danish citizen Abdulhadi Alkhawaja who has been illegitimately detained in Bahrain since April 9 2011.

Mr. Alkhawaja was arbitrarily arrested in a pre-dawn home raid last year. He was beaten so bad it resulted to fractures on his face and jaw which required an immediate operation which left him with permanent damage and metal plates in his face to hold his jaw together.

Following that, he was held in solitary confinement for 2 months, tortured severely on a daily basis, and was sentenced to life imprisonment in an unfair military trial. He was accused with baseless charges of financing and participating in terrorism to overthrow the government, as well as spying for a foreign country.

Mr. Alkhawaja started a hunger strike labeled “Freedom or Death” on February 8 2012. Since then, he has suffered from serious health problems which includes: internal kidney bleeding, veins too weak for IV, very low blood pressure and he has collapsed numerous times.

Currently, he is refusing medical treatment in protest of the Bahraini regime’s claims that his health “is not in danger”, despite being on hunger strike for well over a month now. This puts his life at even more risk as his blood sugar levels will not be monitored, therefore we will not know when he enters the “critical phase” requiring medical treatment.

Now, we are writing to you to ask why you’re not covering his story. Mr. Alkhawaja’s life is at serious risk in Bahrain, media coverage will help expose his case to the world which could pressure the regime for his release.

We urge you to please cover his story immediately before something happens to him. Other media outlets like Al Jazeera English have already covered the story, what are you waiting for?”

Send to: http://news.bbc.co.uk/newswatch/ifs/hi/newsid_4000000/newsid_4000500/4000545.stm

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