ADHRB Weekly Newsletter #85

Bahrain’s Embrace of Extremism

By Husain Abdulla & Matar Ibrahim Matar

The Bahraini government’s stance goes beyond rejecting moderation. By choosing to take a hard-line and oppressive stance against even peaceful dissent, the government empowers all those who would use violence. This may be precisely what the government is counting on. By removing all avenues for peaceful dissent, the government is pushing the opposition towards violence, which the government can in turn use to vilify all dissidents. Make no mistake; Bahrain’s ruling family will gladly accept a few Molotov cocktails to keep its stranglehold on politics.

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Updates from the Ground
  • More than 89 people were arrested, including 3 children
  • 57 individuals were sentenced to a cumulative of 340 years in prison
  • 2 individuals sentenced to death
  • 10 trials postponed
  • Dozens of protests and sit-ins took place
  • Security forces continue to use excessive force including tear gas and shotgun pellets against protesters

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Commentary on Bahrain

Arabic Articles

Protests Across Bahrain Demand Salman’s Release

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Prosecutor Narrows Charges Against Shaikh Ali Salman

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Families of Eker Detainees Concerned after 7 Days of No Conctact

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