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 pursuant to the country's state of emergency during the Shiite-led protests in the country. The state of emergency came just days after a group of 22 Bahraini lawmakers, part of an independent pro-government bloc, called on King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to impose martial law. Recently, Bahrain's overall response to the protests have prompted international concern.
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