March 1, 2013
by Sarah Paulsworth
A court of appeals in Bahrain overturned the acquittal of Zainab al-Khawaja, who is accused of insulting a government employee, and sentenced her to three months of imprisonment on Friday, according to the Bahrain State New Agency (BNA). Al-Khawaja is the daughter of prominent Bahraini human ...[read more]
February 27, 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove
The Bahrain Higher Criminal Court on Tuesday acquitted two police officers in the shooting death of a Shiite protester during the nation's pro-democracy protests in Manama that began in February 2011. Bahraini lawyer Mohammed al-Jishi who represented the protester's family, said the Bahrain court ...[read more]
February 25, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
The Abu Dhabi Federal Appeal Court on Monday upheld the sentences of 10 Somali pirates convicted of highjacking a UAE-owned bulk-carrier ship. In April 2011, the men reportedly commandeered the MV Arrilah-1 as it hauled aluminum in the Arabian Sea en route to Dubai from Australia. The pirates ...[read more]
February 1, 2013
by Sarah Paulsworth
A police officer in Bahrain has been sentenced to seven years of imprisonment for fatally shooting a protester during pro-democracy protests that gripped country in February 2011, according to Bahrain's State News Agency (BNA). Lead Prosecutor for the Special Investigation Unit Nawaf Abdullah ...[read more]
January 18, 2013
by Max Slater
A court in Bahrain on Thursday released human rights activist Sayed Yousif Al-Muhafda on bail pending trial for charges of spreading false news to harm security, according to Amnesty International (AI). Al-Muhafda, the acting deputy head of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), was arrested... ...[read more]
January 7, 2013
by Dan Taglioli
The highest Bahraini appellate court on Monday upheld the convictions of 13 prominent pro-democracy protestors convicted by military tribunal in 2011 on charges of plotting to overthrow the monarchy. Bahrain's Court of Cassation rejected the appeals of the 13 activists, all part of a group of 20 ...[read more]
December 26, 2012
by Blake Lynch
Bahraini defense lawyer Mohammed al-Jishi announced that the High Criminal Court of Appeals on Wednesday commuted death sentences for two male protesters to life imprisonment. The men were sentenced for their role in Bahrain's 2011's political uprisings when they allegedly killed two policemen. ...[read more]
December 11, 2012
by Addison Morris
The prison sentence for outspoken Bahraini rights activist Nabeel Rajab, who has been detained since July, was reduced by one year in an appeals court on Tuesday. Rajab, founder of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, was originally sentenced to three years imprisonment for leading unlicensed ...[read more]
November 26, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On November 26, 2011, Bahraini King Hama bin Isa Al Khalifa ordered a special commission to convene and follow up on an independent investigation into the alleged crackdown on pro-democracy protestors in the country. The Bahrain Indpendent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) had released its report the ...[read more]
November 21, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
Bahrain has failed to meet its obligations and promises to ensure respect for human rights and prevent further torture within the country, Amnesty International (AI) stated in a 39-page briefing released on Wednesday. Contrary to the government's commitment to implementing the recommendations set ...[read more]

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