The Bahrain Observatory for Human Rights has called on the Manama regime to respond objectively to the concerns raised by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) over human rights violations in the country.
A Bahraini court has sentenced a group of 21 anti-regime protesters to 15 years in jail each amid the ongoing harsh crackdown on the country’s dissent.
Bahrain’s largest opposition party al-Wefaq said in a statement on Tuesday that the defendants were subjected to torture during their detention and interrogation sessions.
Scores of Bahraini political activists have already been placed behind bars for organizing or taking part in anti-regime demonstrations across the oil-rich monarchy due to its appalling human rights record.
Bahrain’s main opposition has announced its decision to boycott the parliamentary and municipal council elections expected to be held in October this year.
This was announced at a Press conference held at Al Wefaq National Islamic Society headquarter. The opposition is represented by four societies; Al Wefaq, National Democratic Action Society (Waad), National Democratic Assembly, Progressive Democratic Tribune and Al Ekha National Society.
Opposition parties in Bahrain say they will boycott parliamentary and municipal elections, scheduled to be held in October.
The National Democratic Opposition Parties said in a statement on Saturday that that they are not taking part in the elections without a "clear political" agreement “reflecting the will of the people.”
A recent ruling by a Bahraini court sentencing four people to life in prison is part of the regime’s political game against the opposition, a political analyst says.
In an interview with Press TV on Tuesday, Jawad Fairooz, a former member of the Bahraini parliament, said the ruling is biased as such verdicts in the Persian Gulf monarchy are issued by the direct order of the Manama regime.
A political analyst says the ruthless crackdown on Bahraini protesters by the ruling Al Khalifa regime is carried out under the false accusation of involvement in terrorism.
“These kinds of actions just give the [Bahraini] regime an excuse to crack down, but we know well that there have been a lot of non-violent Bahrainis who have been falsely accused of terrorism,” Stephen Zunes told Press TV on Monday.
Prominent Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab has called for serious dialog between Al Khalifa regime and opposition leaders.
“The only solution is a serious dialogue between the royal family and the opposition [al-Wefaq movement],” said Rajab, who heads the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights.
Rajab who was released on Saturday after serving a two-year jail term, said Bahrain’s situation today is worse compared to when he went to prison because of an upsurge in violence.
Amnesty International (AI) has voiced concerns over the lack of reform of the judiciary in Bahrain, amid the ongoing Al Khalifa regime’s crackdown on dissent.
In a statement issued on Monday, the rights group also criticized the country for “slow and inadequate investigations” into past human rights abuses and “continuing restrictions on freedom of expression, association and assembly.”
A political analyst says Bahrain’s opposition groups should form a government in exile in order to better conduct their campaign against the Al Khalifa regime, Press TV reports.
In an exclusive interview with Press TV on Saturday, Syed Ali Wasif, a member of the Washington-based Society for International Reforms and Research, stated that Bahraini opposition parties are in need of guidance and should seek some international political and legal support.
Bahrain’s main opposition bloc Al-Wefaq says some 170 protesters, including 29 children, were arrested by regime forces in April.
The group said in a report posted on its website on Saturday that 89 of the arrests took place during home raids, 42 on the streets and 15 others at checkpoints.
Six other protesters were arrested through summons while the cases of the remaining 18 were unknown, according to Al-Wefaq’s Liberties and Human Rights Department (LHRD).
Human rights organizations have condemned the Bahraini government for the immoral handling of the case of a citizen killed by security forces.
Sixteen rights organizations have slammed the Bahraini regime for forging Abdul-Aziz al-Abbar’s death certificate.
A Bahraini court has sentenced 12 anti-regime protesters to long prison terms of up to 15 years amid the persisting harsh crackdown on the country’s popular uprising.
The 12 young men were reportedly charged on Wednesday with “attacking” the regime’s Saudi-backed security forces during anti-government protest rallies in the Senabes and Alii villages of the Persian Gulf state.
Bahrain’s main opposition bloc Al-Wefaq has criticized the holding of a conference on civilizations and cultures by Bahraini authorities in the country.
“A conference on civilizations and cultures cannot go with destroying mosques,” Sheikh Ali Salman, the head of Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, said in reference to measures by the Bahraini regime in destroying sites belonging to the Shias.
Manama, Apr 29 (BNA) – Supreme Council for Women (SCW)'s Secretary-General, Hala Al-Ansari, has confirmed that the Bahraini women's political empowerment program includes all Bahraini women wish to be engaged in parliamentary and municipal elections, moreover SCW, in cooperation with Bahrain Institute for Political Development, will provide qualitative consulting and training programmes for all female candidates.
A court in Bahrain has sentenced twelve anti-regime protesters to life in prison as pressure on dissidents mounts in the country.
According to reports on Tuesday, the Bahraini court sentenced others to 15 years in prison with a fine of 1000 Bahraini dinars.
The Bahraini court convicted the men of taking part in an unauthorized demonstration in the country.
The incident marks the latest in a series of harsh sentences handed down to protesters in the Persian Gulf nation.
Bahrain’s main opposition bloc has termed the country's decision to revoke the nationality of a prominent religious figure as "unlawful."
According to the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, Bahrain security apparatus has threatened a prominent religious figure, Ayatollah Hussain Al-Najati, to leave the country in 48 hours.