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Legal News
6 Sep 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] A Bahrain court ordered Saturday that prominent human rights activist, Maryam al-Khawaja [Human Rights First profile], remain in jail for an additional ten days while authorities continue to investigate her case. Al-Khawaja was jailed a week ago [AP report] when she arrived in Bahrain to visit her father who, … [read more]

Legal News
25 Mar 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] In recognition of the International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims [event website], UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile, JURIST news archive] urged global leaders Monday to take seriously [press release] the recommendations of commissions of inquiry … [read more]

Legal News
3 Dec 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] A lawyer representing human rights activist Nabeel Rajab [personal Twitter account] said Sunday that a judge has rejected a request to approve a conditional early release, for which Rajab is now eligible under Bahraini law. US Department of State [official website] spokeswoman Jen Psaki commented on news of the … [read more]

Legal News
2 Jul 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A Bahraini high criminal court on Monday acquitted two police officers on trial for the torture of six Shiite doctors during the uprising against the Sunni regime in 2011. The Grand Criminal Court's Third Chamber acquitted the two officers of all charges due to the lack of adequate evidence … [read more]

Legal News
7 Jan 2013
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The highest Bahraini appellate court on Monday upheld the convictions of 13 prominent pro-democracy protestors convicted by military tribunal in 2011 on charges [charges, PDF] of plotting to overthrow the monarchy. Bahrain's Court of Cassation rejected the appeals [AFP report] of the 13 activists, all part of a group … [read more]

Legal News
11 Dec 2012
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The prison sentence for outspoken Bahraini [BBC backgrounder] rights activist Nabeel Rajab [personal Twitter account], who has been detained since July, was reduced by one year in an appeals court on Tuesday. Rajab, founder of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights [advocacy website], was originally sentenced to three years … [read more]

Student Commentary
5 Sep 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Ryan Suto, Syracuse University College of Law Class of 2013, discusses how the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry acts as a method of rule-of-law in post-conflict resolution and acknowledges its limitations...On February 14, 2011, Bahrain joined the Arab Spring when thousands of protesters filled the streets, demanding … [read more]

Legal News
16 Aug 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] A Bahraini court on Thursday sentenced prominent human rights activist Nabeel Rajab [JURIST news archive] to three years in jail for instigating and participating in several anti-government protests. Rajab, president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights [advocacy website], was convicted on three separate counts of taking part in … [read more]

Legal News
15 Jul 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] criticized [press release] the government of Kuwait [BBC backgrounder] on Friday for continuing to limit the rights of the Bidun. The Bidun jinsiyya, Arabic for "without nationality," are a class of illegal immigrants in Kuwait and United Arab Emirates (UAE), who remain non-citizens either … [read more]

Legal News
4 May 2012
by Jamie Davis

[JURIST] Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa [NYT profile] on Thursday approved amendments to the country's constitution that give more power the the parliament by allowing it to have more control over government ministers. While the reforms come as an attempt to settle unrest in the country [AP report] that … [read more]

Legal News
23 Oct 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] A Bahrain court on Sunday began hearing the appeals of 20 medical staff members convicted last month of participating in the country's pro-democracy protests against the ruling regime. The 13 doctors, one dentist, nurses and paramedics who were jailed for providing treatment to injured protesters all worked at the … [read more]

Legal News
26 Sep 2011
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] The Kuwait Cabinet on Sunday approved a draft anti-corruption law meant to combat the country's growing business corruption troubles. The law imposes penalties of up to seven years in prison [Reuters report] for a number of offenses related to money laundering and financial disclosure, including manipulation of public tenders … [read more]

Legal News
8 Aug 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The Bahraini government on Sunday released two Shiite lawmakers from prison in an effort to comply with political reforms recently drawn up by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa [official website]. Jawad Fairooz and Matar Matar, who had been held in custody for two months [AP report], were arrested … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jul 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] Thursday urged Kuwait to immediately release [press release] two men being detained for posting messages on the Internet criticizing Middle East rulers. HRW reported that in June authorities detained and investigated Nasser Abul [Twitter feed, in Arabic] for threatening state security using Twitter … [read more]

Legal News
24 Jun 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official website] on Thursday condemned [press release] a Bahraini court for sentencing 21 human rights advocates, political activists and opposition leaders to harsh punishments. The court sentenced the protestors [profiles, PDF] to lengthy prison sentences, including life terms. Ban urged Bahraini authorities to comply with … [read more]

Legal News
22 Jun 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Bahrain's Lower National Safety Court sentenced 20 activists [BNA report] on Wednesday—eight to life in prison—for anti-government protests conducted earlier this year. The convicted were charged [charges, PDF] with "plotting to topple the leadership of the Kingdom of Bahrain," but rights organizations have denied this, stating that all convicted … [read more]

Legal News
19 Jun 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta

[JURIST] The Justice Ministry of Bahrain [BBC backgrounder] announced Saturday that the government will be take action to lift the ban on the leading opposition party, the National Democratic Action Society [website]. The leftist opposition party, known as Waad and aligned with the largest Shi'ite opposition group, was shut down … [read more]

Legal News
9 Feb 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] The government of Bahrain has reverted to using torture [press release] to gain confessions from detainees after a decade of reform banning such practices, according to a report [text] released Monday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. HRW conducted interviews with 20 former detainees who claimed that they … [read more]

Professional Commentary
25 Aug 2009

George Joffé [Research Fellow, Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge]: "Despite all the fulmination, protest and anger, the return of Abdelbasset al-Maghrahi to Libya draws a definite line under what has proved to be a very worrisome case — at least for the Scottish justice system. Mr. al-Maghrahi was … [read more]

Legal News
22 Aug 2007
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] The Iraqi High Tribunal [official website] judge presiding over the crimes against humanity trial [JURIST report] of 15 former Iraqi officials ejected two defendants from the courtroom Wednesday for failing to follow the rules of court. During the first day of witness testimony, chief judge Mohammed Oreibi al-Khalifa threw … [read more]

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