In reaction to the trial and sentencing of human rights defenders and former Front Line Protection Coordinator for the Middle East, Abdulhadi al Khawaja, human rights defenders from across the Middle East have spoken out on his behalf.
1. Waleed Sulais – Saudi Arabia
At an early age, Abdulhadi Al Khawaja became a human rights defender. His sole concern was that people live in freedom, justice and equality, within a legal framework that would protect them from unfairness and arbitrariness.
Al Khawaja worked with many rights defenders for over fifteen years. Until moments prior to his arrest, he still held that ultimate sacrifices are necessary for the welfare of millions of people.
Abdulhadi taught that human rights defenders ought to do good to those who do evil to them, and that rule of law should prevail.
Freedom for the human rights defender, Abdulhadi Al Khawaja.
2. Suad Al Gedsi - Yemen
I know Abdulhadi in person very well. He is an exceptional rights activist, working independent from any sect or political party.