April 3rd, 2012
09:08 AM ET

Bahrain hunger striker's life in danger, daughter says

Fears are growing that a leading human rights activist who entered the 55th day of a hunger strike in Bahrain on Tuesday may not survive the ordeal, his daughter says.

Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who was arrested last year for his role in anti-government demonstrations, has been on hunger strike for nearly eight weeks in protest at his life prison term.

His daughter, Maryam al-Khawaja, told CNN he "is entering a critical phase where his life is at stake."

She said her father had two doctors accompanying him at all times Monday night and was being moved to a different prison Tuesday which has the necessary medical equipment.

The move is due to fears that he may go into a coma at any time, as his blood sugar and blood pressure have both further dropped, she said.

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  1. leeintulsa

    'hunger striker's life in danger'

    isn't that kinda the point?

    April 3, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar The Chorizo Chimp Of Chihuahua

    I wish I could go 8 minutes without eating.

    April 3, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. Maintain An Even Strain

    @Joey – you should be be locked up for that monstrosity.

    April 3, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. Phil Spectre

    Good times.

    April 3, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Not anymore....

      April 3, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Oh, do stop it.
    You'll never get it right.
    JIF didn' write either of the posts above.

    My thoughts exactly!

    April 3, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    You're a troll, and not even close to a poor imitation, let alone a good one.
    Please stop embarassing yourself.

    April 3, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    Lol @ banasy, fightin the fight today huh? Its tedious work girl.

    April 3, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    Hands off of Bahrain, its one of our close allies. Why even cover these stories?

    April 3, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. BOMBO ©

    I don't care enough about anything to go on a hunger strike over it. And even if I did, it would not accomplish anything. If you want to be a martyr, go out in style. A quick, show-stopping death. Throw yourself in front of the presidential limo. Set yourself on fire in front of parliament. Hunger strike in a prison cell? I don't get it.

    April 3, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    @ BOMBO, hes there for life, hes tryin to shorten the stay, lol.

    April 3, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Just amongst people I respect....lol....if I know.

    April 3, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    Yea i already gathered that banasy. Its like an addiction to certain ppl, cant go a day without causin hard feelings.

    April 3, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |

    Let him continue his hunger strike. It just means more rice patties for me! NOM NOM NOM!!!

    April 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Portland tony

    If people in the US would go on hunger strikes, there would be less obesity? In some nations people starve in prison anyway.

    April 3, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. fernace

    Al-Khawaja is fighting the good fight for opressed people in his nation & the world! That's why he is imprisoned! He's a "dissenter," telling people they deserve better & should stand up for their rights! For that he must be "silenced", like Nelson Mandela! Hunger strike is really the only power left to him! If he dies he WILL become a martyr for the cause! I admire people who do such unselfish things to raise up the downtrodden! More power to Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, Aung Sun Suu Kiyi, Ai Wei Wei etc.; they are changing their nations & the world for the better!!

    April 3, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
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