April 27, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
A Bahraini court on Sunday sentenced eight activists to life in prison for killing a policeman and participating in anti-regime protests in August. The eight pro-democracy protesters said that they confessed while being tortured. Harsh sentences for activists have become a trend in Bahrain. Since ...[read more]
July 2, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
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 that ...[read more]
December 11, 2012
by Addison Morris
The prison sentence for outspoken Bahraini rights activist Nabeel Rajab, 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, was originally sentenced to three years imprisonment for leading unlicensed ...[read more]
November 26, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On November 26, 2011, Bahraini King Hama bin Isa Al Khalifa ordered a special commission to convene and follow up on an independent investigation into the alleged crackdown on pro-democracy protestors in the country. The Bahrain Indpendent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) had released its report the ...[read more]
September 19, 2012
by Matthew Pomy
Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa pledged on Wednesday to fulfill the 158 recommendations included in the UN Universal Periodic Review regarding human rights abuses against political opposition. Al Khalifa said Bahrain would begin accepting peaceful ...[read more]
September 5, 2012
by Elizabeth Imbarlina
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 ...[read more]
June 18, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On June 18, 2011, the Justice Ministry of Bahrain announced that the government would lift the ban on the leading opposition party, the National Democratic Action Society. In April 2011, King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa had declared a three-month state of emergency in response to growing unrest ...[read more]
May 22, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On May 22, 2011, Bahrain's Appeal National Safety Court unanimously upheld death sentences for two men convicted of killing police officers during anti-government protests in March. The court also reduced the death sentences of two other men tried by the court, which was created by royal decree ...[read more]
May 4, 2012
by Jamie Davis
Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa 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 that has been taking ...[read more]
March 17, 2012
by Meagan McElroy
On March 17, 2011, six opposition leaders were arrested in Bahrain following a violent crackdown on democratic protests in that country, which were part of the larger "Arab Spring" movement in the Middle East. The crackdown followed Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa declaring a state of ...[read more]

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