UNITED NATIONS April 9, 2012 (AP)

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Bahrain should consider transferring a jailed activist who is on a two-month hunger strike to Denmark for medical treatment on humanitarian grounds.

Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who is a Danish citizen and has been refusing food since Feb. 8, is serving a life sentence for his role in last year's uprising by the island nation's Shiite majority against a Western-backed Sunni monarchy.

The Bahrain News Agency said Sunday the Supreme Judicial Council refused to hand him over to Denmark because the law prevents transfers of "accused and convicted persons to foreign countries."

U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters Monday that "in cases where there is a hunger strike, the health and well-being of the person should be the foremost concern."