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    Bahrain: Crown Prince Issues Decree to Suppress Financing of Terrorism (Mar. 5, 2021) On February 19, 2020, the crown prince and prime minister of Bahrain, Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, issued Decree No. 12 of 2021 on the National Terrorism Lists. The decree is aimed at combating the financing of terrorism by establishing the National Terrorism List and the Sanction List, which will be […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2021-03-05
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    International: United Nations Welcomes Loosening of Sanctions in Gulf Region (Feb. 17, 2021) On January 5, 2021, United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General António Guterres issued a statement welcoming the news that Saudi Arabia had lifted the economic and political sanctions it had imposed on Qatar since 2017. Guterres was joined two days later by U.N. Special Rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures and human rights Alena Douhan, […]
    • Contributor: Boomer, Elizabeth
    • Date: 2021-02-17
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    Arab Gulf Countries: Preventive Measures Aimed at COVID-19 Pandemic Adopted (Apr. 14, 2020) During the month of March 2020, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, comprising Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, Qatar, and Bahrain, adopted a number of precautionary measures aimed at preventing coronavirus infections and curbing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Establishing a Coronavirus Center and Suspending Flights After […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2020-04-14
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    Bahrain: Royal Decree Enacted Regarding Mediation for Dispute Settlement (Mar. 6, 2020) On October 13, 2019, the King of Bahrain issued Royal Decree 22/2019, regarding mediation for dispute settlement. The Royal Decree, consisting of 20 articles, is the first legal instrument in Bahrain that provides the definition of “mediation” and regulates the requirements that mediators must meet and their responsibilities. Also, for the first […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2020-03-06
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    Bahrain: Amendments to Bribery Provisions in the Penal Code (Mar. 19, 2018) On January 25, 2018, Bahrain issued Law No. 3, which amended a number of provisions of the Penal Code No. 15 of 1976. (Law No. 3 of 2018, Amending Some Provisions of the Penal Code Issued by Decree Law No. 15 of 1976, Official Gazette, No. 3350, Jan. 25, 2018, pp. 6–7, […]
    • Contributor: Saliba, Issam
    • Date: 2018-03-19
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    Bahrain: Women's Rights Activists Launch Campaign to Amend Citizenship Law (Oct. 31, 2017) The Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society (BHRWS), in conjunction with other Bahrain women’s rights groups and various Members of Parliament (MPs) and the business community, has launched a campaign to extend equal citizenship rights to women by amending a provision of the country’s citizenship law.  (Huge Support for Gender Equality in Bahrain’s […]
    • Contributor: Lerner, Barry
    • Date: 2017-10-31
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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 […]
    • Contributor: Saliba, Issam
    • Date: 2017-07-19
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    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, […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2017-03-22
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2016-12-07
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2016-07-22
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Saliba, Issam
    • Date: 2014-12-19
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Saliba, Issam
    • Date: 2014-10-06
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2014-09-09
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Saliba, Issam
    • Date: 2012-11-23
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2012-08-22
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2012-08-02
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    Bahrain: Penalties Increased for Attacking Military Personnel (July 20, 2012) Pursuant to articles 221 and 339 of the Bahrain Criminal Law No. 15 of 1976, an assault on the person of a public employee (including military personnel) during or because of the discharge of his duties is a crime punishable by incarceration of up to three years (habs) or a fine of […]
    • Contributor: Saliba, Issam
    • Date: 2012-07-20
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    Bahrain: Constitutional Amendments Issued (May 24, 2012) On May 22, 2012, the Asharq al-Awsat newspaper reported that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had hailed constitutional amendments issued by the monarch of Bahrain. The amendments had first been enacted by the Parliament, an elected institution, and the Shura Council, an appointed body, of Bahrain. (Saudi Arabia Hails the Constitutional Amendments […]
    • Contributor: Saliba, Issam
    • Date: 2012-05-24
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    Bahrain: Law Banning Microphones Attached to Mosques Is Enforced (Nov. 19, 2010) On October 21, 2010, the Bahraini Ministry of Homeland Security began enforcing a royal decree issued in 1999 that bans the use of all types of microphones attached to mosques. Muslim clerics in Bahrain have been shouting through microphones to announce the Muslim prayers. The purpose of the law is to prevent […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2010-11-19
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    Bahrain: Shura Council Prohibits Liquor Consumption by Muslims but Allows It for Non-Muslims (May 18, 2010) On April 30, 2010, the Committee of Foreign Affairs and National Security of the Shura Council (legislature) of Bahrain approved a new provision as an amendment to the Penal Code, Law 15-1976. The new article regulates the use of all kinds of liquor in the Kingdom. It prohibits Muslims from drinking liquor […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2010-05-18
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    Bahrain: Military Personnel Allowed to Grow Beards (May 2, 2008) Ending a prohibition going back 70 years, the Bahraini army has allowed military personnel to grow beards. According to the decision issued by the General Command Officer of the Bahraini Defense Force, Sheikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, members of the armed forces will be allowed to grow beards starting the first […]
    • Contributor: Saliba, Issam
    • Date: 2008-05-02