(Aug. 2, 2012) On July 9, 2012, the Court of First Instance of Bahrain issued a decision dissolving “The Islamic Work Association,” considered to be one of the best known non-governmental organizations in Bahrain.
In its decision, the court stated that the Association had violated the Bahraini Constitution by mixing religious, non-governmental work with political activism. The court also found the Association guilty of inciting violence against the government despite its avowed religious and peaceful objectives. Additionally, the court noted that the organization's directors have been implicated in financial crimes. (The Dissolution of a Shi'ite Non-Governmental Organization in Bahrain [in Arabic], AL YOUM 7 NEWSPAPER (July 9, 2012).)