It has now been four days since someone has heard from rights activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja who has been on hunger strike for 79 days. The Gulf Daily News, a pro-regime daily, published a report on Friday saying that the activist is in "high spirits," which sounds unlikely especially for someone who has refused to eat for almost 80 days. The report adds that al-Khawaja "has been drinking a nutritional supplement for the past two days and has been receiving fluids intravenously throughout his protest," before continuing saying that he has been taking the nutritional drink Ensure - Ensure drinks is a range of drinks formulated to help individuals gain weight- and that he has never stopped "receiving intravenous fluids." Today's Gulf Daily News's report clearly suggests that the rights activist has been force-fed by Bahraini authorities. Several activists including Wafi Al-Majed have expressed concerns regarding the GDN's article. He tweeted: "#AbdlhadiAlkhawaja is under tourture! Being forecully fed! Thats what i understood from GDN article." Concern about Khawaja's conditions has been growing this week. Al-Khawaja's wife expressed serious concerns on Thursday after she was denied the right to call or visit the prominent Shiite dissident. She tweeted: The day before the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) also expressed "deep concern" regarding the disappearance of the prominent activist following a report from the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) saying that Khawaja’s family was told Wednesday morning that his room was empty after they asked to talk to him. On Twitter many speculated about the rights' activist's death, which prompted a response from the Bahrain's Interior Ministry saying "Abdulhadi Al Khawaja is in good health despite rumors. He is in hospital receiving full medical care #Bahrain", Khawaja’s family told the BYSHR that their “last telephone conversation with him was Monday (April 23) and he was not able to talk because of tiredness and fatigue. Since Tuesday the Ministry of Interior and the Military hospital both have reportedly refused to give his wife any information regarding Al-Khawaja's health. His lawyer has also reportedly been denied visits.
Mystery surrounds whereabouts of hunger striker after report suggests he is being force-fed