January 7, 2013 |
Thirteen people will remain imprisoned, eight of them for life, after Bahrain's high court upheld their convictions Monday for plotting to overthrow the state. The decision cements a deeply controversial case that has troubled human rights groups and the U.S. State Department. The defendants were accused of participating in a “terrorist plot” during protests that erupted nearly two years ago as demonstrators agitated for greater democracy and a bigger voice for Shiite Muslims.
December 31, 2012 |
A Bahrain court has sentenced two policemen to spend seven years in jail for beating a man to death, one of those killed amid anti-government protests last year. The court decision was handed down Sunday, according to Reuters news service and Bahraini news outlets . The case centered on Karim Fakhrawi, an opposition member who founded an independent newspaper. He died while in police custody after going to a police station to complain, reportedly, about the planned demolition of his house, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists . He had been accused by the government of falsifying news.
November 21, 2012 |
Nearly a year after Bahrain pledged to free political prisoners, investigate torture allegations and embark on other reforms, it has reneged on its promises, Amnesty International said in a scathing new report . The human rights group excoriated the Persian Gulf island monarchy for ramping up repression in the year since an independent commission chronicled a long list of abuses during a crackdown on protests. Last November, the government promised the commission's recommendations would be heeded.
September 8, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Harsh jail terms upheld this week for 13 Bahraini activists marked a setback to the Obama administration's hope that the Sunni Muslim monarchy was ready to settle its bloody conflict with the country's restless Shiite majority. It wasn't the first time Washington has been disappointed. In the 18 months since the tiny but strategically vital Persian Gulf ally exploded in street protests, the administration has repeatedly pinned its hope on moves by the monarchy that appeared promising but soon fell short.
June 22, 2011 |
Bahrain sentenced eight activists to life in prison Wednesday in the latest crackdown on a 5-month-old rebellion by the island monarchy, which has been criticized by international human-rights groups for mass arrests, torture and shooting protesters. The verdicts follow the lifting of martial law but indicate the ruling Sunni-Muslim family will not tolerate unrest among a majority Shiite population demanding an end to discrimination. Several of the activists, such as Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, are respected dissidents, and their sentences are likely to spur fresh protests.
June 2, 2011 |
Bahrain on Wednesday lifted the emergency rule it imposed in March during a crackdown on widespread protests for democratic reform dominated by the island nation's Shiite Muslim majority. On Wednesday, much of the military pulled out of Manama, the capital, though police-manned checkpoints across the city remained. At least 30 people have died and hundreds have been arrested since the protests began in February, according to human rights groups. King Hamed ibn Isa Khalifa expressed hope in a speech the previous day that his subjects could open a new chapter after months of discord.