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 throughout the island nation. The group, also known as Waad, is a leftist organization aligned with the country's largest Shi'ite opposition group that was shut down in response to the pro-democracy protests. In February 2012, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon called for an end to the violence by government forces against the protesters.
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