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Bahrain: Two-Year Imprisonment for Publishing Rumors and False News

(July 19, 2017) On July 10, 2017, the High Criminal Court in Manama, Bahrain, convicted Nabeel Rajab, a human rights activist, of “publishing and disseminating rumours and false news” and sentenced him to two years of imprisonment. (Bahrain: Jail Term for Human Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab Exposes Authorities’ Relentless Campaign to Wipe out Dissent, Amnesty […]

Bahrain: Constitutional Amendment Allows Military Trials of Civilians

(Mar. 22, 2017) On March 6, 2017, the Bahraini Parliament (Shura Council) approved an amendment to article 105(b) of the Bahraini Constitution of 2002.  (Bahrain: Constitution of February 14 in English (2002) (Constitution), ACE Electoral Knowledge Network website.)  Members of the Council approved the constitutional amendment two weeks after it was passed by the National Assembly, […]

Bahrain: Lawyer Charged with Insulting Government

(Dec. 7, 2016) On November 10, 2016, public prosecutors in Bahrain brought three charges against Mohamed al-Tajer, an attorney and human rights activist.  The charges are insulting government institutions, inciting hatred against a religious group, and misusing telecommunications. (Bahrain: Human Rights Lawyer Charged, Human Rights Watch website (Dec. 1, 2016).)  These charges are based on […]

Bahrain: High Court Orders Dissolution of Main Shi’ite Opposition Group

(July 22, 2016) On July 17, 2016, the High Civil Court of Manama, Bahrain ordered the dissolution of the Wefaq National Islamic Society. The Court’s ruling ordered the liquidation of the organization’s assets and froze all of its banks accounts. (High Court Dissolves al Wefaq, BAHRAIN NEWS AGENCY (July 7, 2016).) The Court rendered its […]

Bahrain; Egypt: Memorandum of Understanding on Joint Legal Cooperation Signed

(Dec. 19, 2014) On December 4, 2014, the Egyptian Attorney General, Hisham Barakat, and his Bahraini counterpart, Attorney General Ali Fadl al-Bouainine, signed a memorandum of understanding in the field of legal cooperation. (The Signing of a Memorandum of Legal Cooperation Between Egypt and Bahrain, AKHDARELYOM (Dec. 4, 2014) (in Arabic).) This cooperation comes within […]

Bahrain: Life in Prison and Loss of Citizenship for a Terror Group

(Oct. 6, 2014) On September 29, 2014, the High Criminal Court in Bahrain sentenced nine Bahraini citizens to life in prison and stripped them of their citizenship, after convicting them of having smuggled weapons and explosives by sea to commit terrorist attacks in Bahrain. According to the prosecution, one of the convicted citizens was successful […]

Bahrain: Magistrate Court Extends Detention of Human Rights Activist

(Sept. 9, 2014) It was reported on September 7, 2014, that the magistrate court of Moharaq Province in Bahrain had extended the detention of human rights activist Maryam al Khawaja for ten days. (The Renewal of Maryam al Khawaja’s Detainment [in Arabic], AL WAST NEWS (Sept. 7, 2014).) Al Khawaja was detained by the Bahraini […]

Bahrain: Acquittal of Policewoman Accused of Torturing Journalist

(Nov. 23, 2012) On October 22, 2012, the Grand Criminal Court in Manama, Bahrain, cleared a female police officer of wrongdoing. She had been charged with the torture of the female Bahraini journalist Nazeeha Saeed, who was held in police custody following anti-government protests last year. (Court Contradiction of Victim’s Statement with Medical Report [in […]

Bahrain: Royal Decree Amends Provisions on Constitutional Court

(Aug. 22, 2012) On August 15, 2012, the King of Bahrain issued a Royal Decree containing Law 38-2012, which amends Law 27-2002 concerning the establishment of the Constitutional Court. Law 38-2012 covers the structure of the Court and the duration of its terms of office. It declares that the Court shall consist of a chief […]

Bahrain: Court Decision Dissolves a Well-Known Shi’ite Non-Governmental Organization

(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 […]