April 30, 2017

Zainab Abdulhadi al-Khawaja (born 21 October 1983)is a Bahraini human rights activist, and a participant in the Bahraini uprising. She rose to prominence after posting tweets online about the protests under the name AngryArabiya as well as for protesting her father Abdulhadi Alkhawaja's detention during his hunger strike. In April 2011, Al-khawaja went on a ten-day hunger strike to protest the arrests of her father, her husband, and her brother-in-law Hussain Ahmad. Along with two other women, she was detained for seven hours on 15 June after trying to hold a sit-in at a United Nations office. On 26 November 2011, a U.S. journalist witnessed Alkhawaja standing her ground alone in front of oncoming riot police; he reported that tear gas shells were being fired just past her head. On December 15, however, she was arrested following a sit-in near Manama dispersed by riot police. She was arrested again on 12 February 2012, as she tried with other female demonstrators to reach Manama's Pearl Roundabout. In December 2014, Al-Khawaja has been sentenced to three years in prison for tearing up a picture of King Hamad. A court gave her the option of paying a fine to remain at liberty until her appeal. In June 2015, the sentence was increased to more than five years. During U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to Bahrain in April 2016, Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said Zeinab al-Khawaja would be freed although the case against her will continue to be pursued. 

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