September 5, 2012
by Elizabeth Imbarlina
JURIST Guest Columnist Ryan Suto, Syracuse University College of Law Class of 2013, discusses how the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry acts as a method of rule-of-law in post-conflict resolution and acknowledges its limitations...On February 14, 2011, Bahrain joined the Arab Spring when ...[read more]
June 18, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On June 18, 2011, the Justice Ministry of Bahrain announced that the government would lift the ban on the leading opposition party, the National Democratic Action Society. In April 2011, King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa had declared a three-month state of emergency in response to growing unrest ...[read more]
May 22, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On May 22, 2011, Bahrain's Appeal National Safety Court unanimously upheld death sentences for two men convicted of killing police officers during anti-government protests in March. The court also reduced the death sentences of two other men tried by the court, which was created by royal decree ...[read more]
May 4, 2012
by Jamie Davis
Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa on Thursday approved amendments to the country's constitution that give more power the the parliament by allowing it to have more control over government ministers. While the reforms come as an attempt to settle unrest in the country that has been taking ...[read more]
March 17, 2012
by Meagan McElroy
On March 17, 2011, six opposition leaders were arrested in Bahrain following a violent crackdown on democratic protests in that country, which were part of the larger "Arab Spring" movement in the Middle East. The crackdown followed Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa declaring a state of ...[read more]
January 15, 2012
by Julia Zebley
In a speech on Sunday, Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa promised to amend the nation's constitution to allow the National Assembly more oversight of ministers and cabinet members. If passed, the amendments would allow both houses of the National Assembly to monitor one another, as well as ...[read more]
November 28, 2011
by Jennie Ryan
Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa has ordered a special commission to look into recommendations made following an independent investigation into the alleged crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in the country, the official state media reported Saturday. The announcement follows a report ...[read more]
August 29, 2011
by Jennie Ryan
Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa announced on Sunday that he will dismiss charges against some of the protesters detained for their participation in pro-democracy demonstrations in the country. In a nationally televised speech, Khalifa conceded that some of the protesters had been subjected ...[read more]
August 8, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
The Bahraini government on Sunday released two Shiite lawmakers from prison in an effort to comply with political reforms recently drawn up by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. Jawad Fairooz and Matar Matar, who had been held in custody for two months, were arrested in May following their ...[read more]
June 29, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa announced on Wednesday that an independent commission will investigate human rights violations related to the country's pro-democracy protests. During a televised speech, Khalifa indicated that he had ordered a committee under the Chairmanship of the Deputy ...[read more]

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