Al-Khawaja is a life-long human rights defender, activist and leader, founder and former president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, co-founder of the Gulf Center for Human Rights, former MENA Protection Coordinator at Front Line Defenders, published writer and poet, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, husband, father, and grandfather.
Al-Khawaja has always believed in human rights, solidarity building, and transformational change, and he has fiercely defended his beliefs for decades. For Al-Khawaja, no person is larger than the cause, and for him, progress is obtained when we find the leader within ourselves.
Al-Khawaja’s voice remains a beacon of hope for change and he has courageously inspired others to shape their own political demands.**
Al-Khawaja is a dual Danish-Bahraini citizen. He has been in prison for over 11 years and he is in urgent need of international help. We kindly ask for your support in calling for his release.
Al-Khawaja is the winner of four prominent human rights awards:
Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders 2022
Dignity World Wihout Torture 2013
Politiken Freedom Award 2012
Freedom House Freedom Award 2012