Bahrain: Further information: Prisoner of conscience facing reprisals: Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja

Danish-Bahraini human rights defender Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja continues to be denied due process by the court. On 29 December 2022, an appeal court ruled that he did not have the right to appeal the case in which a criminal court convicted him of insulting a public servant and on 5 January 2023 it upheld his conviction in the case of breaking a chair in prison. Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja was not brought to court to attend the sessions. On 6 January 2023 he was taken to the prison guards’ room to face the public servant he is accused of insulting. Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja is a prisoner of conscience who should be immediately and unconditionally released.

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