2011 Oslo Freedom Forum
May 10, 2011
Bahraini rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja tells the stories of individuals who have been targeted by the Bahraini government for their involvement in the protests that coalesced around the capital city's Pearl Roundabout. Al-Khawaja reveals that anyone who expresses a desire for freedom in Bahrain is labeled as a terrorist or an Iranian spy. She describes the mistreatment of protestors, including her own father, Abdulhadi, who has been in detention for a month and has suffered brutal torture. These accounts provide a striking look at the brutal methods used by the Bahraini government, which al-Khawaja vows to expose.