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Bahrain's Zainab Al-Khawaja Released From Prison With Son

This Human Rights Activist and Her Young Son Just Got Released From Prison... and the Twittersphere Loves It


Social media was in high spirits on Tuesday, after human rights activist Zainab al-Khawaja was released from prison.

The Bahraini mother, had been behind bars with her son for approximately 50 days after tearing up a picture of the country's King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa.

Zainab, 32, was supposed to be locked up for three years and one month, but it's thought pressure from all over the world helped free her.

People were particularly concerned for her welfare because she was taking care of her son while jailed, and has other children with her husband at the family home.

Her sister, Maryam al-Khawaja, co-director of the Gulf Center For Human Rights revealed the news on Twitter, but added her sibling is at risk of going back to prison at any time. It's not the first time Zainab has been locked up, she was previously imprisoned for a year for similar reasons.

She wasn't the only one happy about Zainab's release; the Twittersphere has been campaigning for her to go free for months now.

Check out some of the reactions below.

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