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Bahrain Moves to Dissolve Major Opposition Group

Bahrain's justice ministry has filed a lawsuit intended to dissolve a major opposition group that it accuses of supporting terrorism, the state-run Bahrain News Agency reported on Monday.

The group, the National Democratic Action Society, or Waad, was accused by the ministry of "serious violations targeting the principle of respecting the rule of law, supporting terrorism and sanctioning violence." The secular organization called the move an attempt to stamp out dissent and vowed to fight the ministry in court. 

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Bahrain seeks dissolution of secular opposition party

Bahrain's justice ministry said Monday it filed a lawsuit to dissolve a secular opposition party, the state-run news agency said, months after the country's main Shiite opposition party was banned.

The justice ministry "has filed a lawsuit requesting the dissolution of the National Democratic Action Society (Waed), in light of Waed's serious violations of the principle of respect for the rule of law, its support of terrorism... and for its promotion of political change by force," according to a statement carried by state-run Bahrain News Agency.

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Bahrain moves to ban opposition party and let army courts try civilians

Bahrain has taken steps to ban the main opposition party and transfer many civilian judicial cases to a military court, in what appears to be a new crackdown on dissent and human rights.

Theresa May visited Bahrain only three months ago as part of a drive to deepen UK military and trading links. The UK has been funding efforts to set up a police ombudsman in Bahrain, but conceded in its 2016 annual human rights report that developments in the country were a cause for concern. 

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Bahrain Parliament's Approval of Military Trials for Civilians ‘Disaster for Human Rights’

Rights groups condemned on Monday the decision of the Bahraini Parliament a day earlier to approve military trials for civilians as a “disaster for human rights” in the Gulf Kingdom.

Lawmakers in the country’s 40-member Consultative Council passed a change to the constitution that would now permit military courts to try civilians, citing the need to combat extremism and unrest in the country.

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Human Rights in the Aftermath of Arab Spring - the Kingdom of Bahrain

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) in collaboration with the Public Library is holding the event "Human Rights in the Aftermath of Arab Spring - the Kingdom of Bahrain".

  • Date: 16 March 2017
  • Time: 17.00-18.30
  • Place: Krystalgade 15, Copenhagen Denmark

The focal point of the event is the state of human rights post-Arab Spring in the Gulf and in Bahrain.
A segment of "We are the giant" will be screened, where the stories of the Danish-Bahraini women human rights defenders Maryam and Zainab Al-Khawaja recount their experiences promoting peaceful activism.

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Researchers and professionals engaged in human rights issues in the Gulf will reflect on the factors leading to the crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations, and on the overall context underlying the continued repression of human rights in the aftermath of the Arab Spring.

Following presentations by speakers, a panel debate will discuss socio-political factors and alternatives left for human rights activists.

A Q&A session will run towards the end of the event.

Speakers

Isabel Bramsen, PhD Fellow at Copenhagen University
Expertize: Conflict in the Middle East and the Arab Spring demonstrations, with focus on Bahrain, Tunisia and Syria, analyzing violent vs. non-violent situations during the uprisings.

Lars Erslev Andersen, Senior Researcher on International Security at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS).
Expertize: the US security policy towards the Middle East, development in Iraq, Persian Gulf, Yemen and the Palestinian areas.

Elena Mocanu, Advocacy Officer at the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (will also moderate the panel debate). Documenting and communicating human rights violations in Bahrain.

  • Date: 16 March 2017
  • Time: 17.00-18.30
  • Place: Krystalgade 15, Copenhagen Denmark

The event will be held in English.

Attendance can be confirmed via the Facebook event.

 

Bahrain approves military trial for civilians

Bahrain's upper house of parliament on Sunday approved a constitutional amendment which grants military courts the right to try civilians, sparking concern for the fate of activists already in custody.

The 40-seat Shura Council, the upper parliamentary chamber appointed by the king in the Gulf state, unanimously approved an amendment to Article 105, members of the council told AFP.

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Britain ignores Bahrain's human rights record to pursue business interests with dictatorship

Britain’s multi-million pound trade and aid strategy for programs in Bahrain needs exposed as the tiny gulf kingdom continues its chain of tyranny and torture against the Shia majority.

The British government’s unreserved condemnation of torture and inhumane treatment and punishment seems to vanish when it comes to making more money. As kidnaps, imprisonments and political executions are on the rise in Bahrain, activists and Bahraini opposition figures are troubled by the fact that the UK government is spending taxpayers’ money on these trade and aid programs, especially given the clear risk of complicity in abuse.

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Bahrain advances military trials for suspected militants

Bahrain's top government advisory body passed a constitutional amendment allowing suspected militants to be tried in military courts on Sunday, state news agency BNA reported, in a move criticized by activists.

Bahrain's Shura Council approved the amendment on the grounds that it would protect the Gulf island kingdom from militant attacks, and the justice minister said that those perpetrating attacks had forfeited access to civilian courts.

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Bahrain Files Lawsuit to Dissolve Secular Political Party

Bahrain's government filed a lawsuit Monday to dissolve a secular political party, the second-such organization it has targeted in the last year as part of an intense crackdown on opposition in the island nation.

The country's Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Ministry accused Waad of "supporting terrorism," according to a statement. The announcement, coming just a day after Bahrain's parliament approved a constitutional amendment allowing military tribunals to try civilians , recalled the clampdown that followed the nation's 2011 Arab Spring protests.

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