A Memoir of the Suppression of Prison Unrest in Bahrain
On the afternoon of April 17, there were frequent complaints about the sudden crackdown by a security group on the detainees who have been protesting in Buildings 12 and 13 since the death of the victim of deliberate medical negligence, Abbas Malallah, and the repercussions of the incident are still taking place until the moment of writing this article.
Former Bahraini MP Ali Alaswad: Deficient Democracy in Bahrain: Between Dream of People's Sovereignty and Unilateral Decision-Making
The political experience in many Middle Eastern countries, including the Gulf states, is still growing towards maturity or is still far from the idea upon which democracy was built in developed countries, as individual or family rule is prevalent and there is no place for political partnership in governance.
Ali Alaswad: European Parliament Calls on Bahraini Authorities to Carry out Urgent Reforms
Ten years following the eruption of the peaceful uprising in Bahrain, the European Parliament offers a chance to resolve the crisis and the opposition is adopting it, but will the authorities in Manama take this opportunity? Perhaps there are other questions, but the major question remains: Will the international community be able to make real sustainable change? This is the most significant issue worthy of attention at the moment by both the authorities and the opposition.
Safaa Al-Khawaja: Blind Prisoner Jaafar Maatouk has Long Story with Pain
The blind prisoner, Jaafar Maatouk, has a story full of pain and cruelty. He is blind, unable to move and cannot live inside prison.
Safaa Al-Khawaja: Unprotected Children
The Corrective Justice Law for Children No. 4 of 2021, ratified by the King of Bahrain aims at giving top priority to the child's interests in all rulings, decisions and procedures concerning them, regardless of the authority that issues or executes them.
By Sheikh Isa Qassim: The Main Problem
Any ruling system which is either based on a solid foundation, a firm ground of a strong positive relationship or an authentic collective connection with its people or nation is embraced by its people. When the ruling system's heart, tongue, hands and eyes are used to protect its nation, its nation protects it as well.
Abbas Bou Safwan: Constitutional Freedom to Hold Husseini Procession and Blind-Hearted People
Blind-hearted people will never see the truth even when it is crystal clear.
Ali Al-Aswad: Normalizing "Normalization" in the Gulf
Nothing happens out of a sudden in international politics; everything has introductions.
Review of Jassim Murad Book: ‘Ufuq Lam Yattasi’ Lahu Watan
Dr. Ghaniya ‘Ulaywi's book detailing the life and accomplishments of Jassim Muhammad Murad is informative and well-researched. It offers the reader a vivid picture of Murad's personality, career, family life, life-long accomplishments, pragmatic political ideology, and his humanist and humanitarian value-driven worldview.
Joe Stork: After Nabeel Rajab, Time for UAE to Free Ahmed Mansoor
On June 9, Bahrain allowed HR activist Nabeel Rajab to serve the remainder of his prison sentence at home with his family. Nabeel had been in jail since 2016 on spurious speech charges. Though released he remains silenced, knowing any remarks about Human rights in Bahrain could land him back in prison.
What Tariq al-Hassan did not say to torturers if Coronavirus reached Bahrain's prisons
On March 16, 2020, the Head of Public Security in Bahrain, Tariq al-Hassan, appeared during the press conference of the National Taskforce for Combating the Coronavirus, and said, "Certain buildings inside prisons were designated for isolation or quarantine in anticipation of any case, and we assure you that sterilization operations are continuing in all detention centers..."
Ibrahim Serhan: Absolute Power Means Absolute Corruption
The recent amendments made to Bahrain's Criminal Procedure Code which the government proposed to the legislative authority to pass was not a shock to me. All Bahrainis, including me, have become used to these shocks by the government, which every now and then issues or amends a law that limits or restricts freedoms and rights.
Hate speech in Bahrain and warning of death or revenge
The form of hate speech and negative stereotyping in the authorities' media coverage against the opposition have been one of the main means of the political conflict in the uprising that has been ongoing in Bahrain since 2011. Hate speech went through a late development of its mechanisms in some of its main platforms.
Ali Al-Aswad: Devastating Consequences of Ruling Family Rivalry over Power in Bahrain
In so far as Bahrain is experiencing a public power-sharing dispute between the opposition and the ruling family, there is a rivalry, which may become a conflict among the ruling family, over the share of economic, political and security powers in the country, which adversely affects the overall internal situation.
Mohammad Sultan: Empty Stomachs and a King Leading Us to the Abyss
Hundreds of prisoners of conscience in Bahrain have launched a hunger strike since August 18, 2019, protesting against the inhumane treatment which violates the most basic international standards for the treatment of prisoners.
Murad Al-Hayiki: Players with Fire, Future of Bahrain and its People
On July 14, Al-Jazeera channel broadcast a new episode of its investigative program “What's Hidden is Worse” entitled “Players with Fire”, through which it highlighted two issues related to Bahrain. The first is the Bahraini authorities’ narrative that the protesters at the Pearl [Lualua] Roundabout in 2011 were armed, and the second is regarding the supposed cooperation between the Bahraini security authorities and citizens with jihadist ideology who have links with Al-Qaeda.
Diyaa Ayyad: Merciless Bahraini Regime
This is not surprising as the Bahraini authorities are accustomed to playing the “blood game” that they use every time they want to confront their opponents.
A Letter to Judges I Don’t Know: Release My Mother Fatima Al-Nasif
I want to send a humane appeal to the judiciary in Riyadh. My name is Shahed and I am 15 years old. I haven’t heard the voice of my mother, Fatima Al-Nasif, for over 10 days. I heard from her prison inmates that she was taken to trial in Riyadh last week. We were waiting for her return to the General Investigations Directorate prison in Dammam. Yesterday (Monday) was our weekly phone call date. We waited for a call from her to tell us any information about her trial, but we didn’t receive any heartwarming news.
Bahrainis Reject their Gov't Stance, Stand against "Disgraceful" Deal of Century
The Trump administration organized an economic workshop in Bahrain on June 25 and 26, purportedly aimed at resolving the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Under the title "Peace to Prosperity", the White house seeks to undermine Palestine, its people, and rights.
Democracy Key to Securing the Future of Bahrain's Young
In April, the King of Bahrain announced a new Royal Directive aimed at embracing Bahraini youth who he describes as "the nations source of strength". Whilst details of what this directive will actually concretely mean are yet to be announced - or indeed whether this is anything more than empty rhetoric - one thing should be certain; the youth of Bahrain are concerned with political reform and until this happens the future of the country will not reflect their aspirations.