Bahrain: Activists express concerns over "disappearance" of hunger striker

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The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) expressed serious concerns regarding Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja's situation following a report from the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights saying that Khawaja’s family was told Wednesday morning that his room was empty after they asked to talk to him.

Rights activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja is said to be his death bed after almost 80 days on hunger strike. The BYSHR expressed "deep concern" regarding the disappearance of the prominent activist.

Khawaja’s family told the BYSHR that their “last telephone conversation with him was Monday (April 23) and he was not able to talk because of tiredness and fatigue. ”Since Tuesday the Ministry of Interior and the Military hospital both have reportedly refused to give his wife any information regarding Al-Khawaja's health.

Khawaja’s lawyer was also denied a visit by the Interior Ministry.

The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) called on the authorities to inform Al-Khawaja's family of the situation.

On Tuesday, Ban Ki Moon, former U.N secretary general urged Bahraini authorities to resolve the case Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja.

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