Tag: Democracy

Bahrain Confirms Closure of Al-Wefaq, Continues Arbitrary Prosecution of its Leaders

Bahrain Confirms Closure of Al-Wefaq, Continues Arbitrary Prosecution of its Leaders

Yesterday, on 19 February 2018, Bahrain’s Court of Cassation ruled to uphold the arbitrary dissolution of Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society – the country’s largest political opposition group which was originally closed in July 2016. The same day, 19 February, the government announced that the High Criminal Court again adjourned the […]

Profiles in Persecution: Ahmed and Ali AlArab

Profiles in Persecution: Ahmed and Ali AlArab

Ahmed AlArab, 27, and Ali AlArab, 25, are two cousins respectively facing life imprisonment and the death penalty in Bahrain. They were arbitrarily detained and tortured over allegations stemming from the escape of a group of individuals from Jau Prison on 1 January 2017, and various other criminal charges. Ahmed […]

Bahrain “Reopens” Pearl Monument but Obscures its Legacy

Bahrain “Reopens” Pearl Monument but Obscures its Legacy

On 14 February 2011, thousands of Bahraini citizens joined together to peacefully call for democratic reforms and human rights protections. Two days later, on 16 February, the protesters occupied the Pearl Roundabout, a traffic circle in Manama that took its name from the 300-ft high pearl monument at its center. Demonstrators established an encampment […]