Saturday, December 8, 2018 7:48:43 PM
Bahraini Refugee Footballer Goes on Hunger Strike

Bahraini footballer Hakeem Ali al-Araibi has launched an open-ended hunger strike in protest against an “unfair decision by a Thai court to arrest” him and prevent him from returning to his place of residence in Australia.

The chairman of the [Persian] Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, Yahya al-Hadid, in a post published on his official Twitter page, announced that Araibi had been transferred to prison.

Araibi was detained upon arriving in Thailand last week, and now faces deportation to Bahrain where he is at risk of persecution and torture.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on Bangkok to recognize the refugee status of the 25-year-old footballer and let him return to Australia.

Brad Adams, the executive director of the Asian division of HRW, pointed to the “grave dangers” that Araibi faced if he was returned to Manama.