June 20: Citizenship Revocation of a Founding Father of the Bahraini Constitution
June 20, 2016 was indeed a watershed moment, when the regime was attempting to crown years of brutal campaigns of repression that were ongoing since March 16, 2011 by eliminating the major leadership of the Shiite community in the country: Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim.
Al-Tamimi to MPs: It’s Time to Invoke Article 41 of Constitution to Propose General Pardon Bill
Former MP Osama Al-Tamimi called on the MPs to take the initiative to put forward bills that will help solve the political crisis that has been witnessed in the country since 2011.
Dr. Abdulhadi Khalaf: Outcome of 20 Years of Reform Ruse in Bahrain: Years of Lies (Part 2)
Bloody Thursday formed a tragic end to the ruse that went on too long. After Bloody Thursday, it was no longer an issue that can be settled by constitutional amendments or by arguments over the expansion of the powers of the parliament or the redress of human rights violations.
Bahrain: Trial of 4 Civilians before Military Court Begins
A military court on Monday (October 23, 2017) began the first trial of 4 civilians, following a constitutional amendment allowing the military judiciary to try civilians.
Attorney General: 1 Case Referred to Military Judiciary since Amendment of Constitution
Bahraini Attorney General Ali Fadl Al-Buainain said that only one case has been referred to the military judiciary since a constitutional amendment was passed, allowing the prosecution of civilians in military courts.
The King Listens to Sheikh Isa Qassim!
On May 21, 2004, the Sheikh was directly attacked by security forces as he led a demonstration on Saif Street. It was a mysterious incident, but its ambiguity in itself revealed the contradictions of the relationship between the King and Sheikh Isa Qassim.
Bahraini Rights Organization Say Military Judiciary Permits Execution in 33 Cases
Bahraini human rights organizations issued a joint statement saying that the latest constitutional amendment concerning the military judiciary’s authorities, which the King ratified, shall lead to the failure of the military institution.
Amnesty: Bahrain, Disastrous Move towards Patently Unfair Military Trials of Civilians
The King of Bahrain ratified a constitutional amendment today that paves the way for military trials of civilians, in yet another example of Bahrain’s efforts to dismantle access to justice and fair trial, said Amnesty International on its website.
Bahrain King Ratifies Constitutional Amendment Allowing Military Courts to Try Civilians
The King of Bahrain ratified today Monday (April 3, 2017) the constitutional amendment allowing the military judiciary vast authorities, including trying civilians.
Lawyer Al-Shamlawi: National Action Charter & Constitution Regulated Khums as Religious Ritual, Should not be Subjected to Regulation of Law
Lawyer Abdullah Al-Shamlawi, one of Bahrain's senior lawyers, said on his Twitter account that the National Action Charter of Bahrain and Constitution regulated Khums as a religious ritual that is not subjected to regulation of law. He explained that article 3 "Freedom of Beleif" of chapter One "Basic principles of the society" stipulates "The state ensures freedom of belief. Freedom of conscience shall be absolute. The state maintains inviolability of houses of worship and guarantees freedom to practice religious rites according to considered custom of the land." Besides, Article 22 of the Constitution stipulates "Freedom of conscience is absolute. The State shall guarantee the inviolability of places of worship and the freedom to perform religious rites and to hold religious processions and meetings in accordance with the customs observed in the country."
Amnesty: Bahrain King Must not Ratify Constitutional Amendment Allowing Military Courts to Try Civilians
Amnesty International issued a report on Tuesday calling on the King of Bahrain to refrain from ratifying a constitutional amendment that would enable military courts to try civilians, paving the way to further human rights violations.
Shura Council Approves Constitutional Amendment Granting Military Courts Wider Authorities
The majority of Shura Council (The Consultative Council) members gave their approval to the constitutional amendment pertinent to the military judiciary. The amendment grants military courts wider authorities.
AFP: 20 Arrested as Bahrain Approves Military Trial of Civilians
Bahrain police have arrested 20 people in a crackdown on Shiite villages, as legislators approved a constitutional amendment that could see civilians tried in military courts in the Sunni-ruled kingdom.
Council of Representatives Approves Draft Constitutional Amendment Granting Military Jurisdiction Right to Prosecute Civilians
31 legislators approved on Tuesday (February 21, 2017) a draft constitutional amendment suggested by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. The proposal grants the military jurisdiction broader power, including prosecuting civilians.
Council of representatives to Pass Constitutional Amendment Broadening Powers of Military Judiciary
The Council of Representatives is expected to pass on Tuesday (March 21, 2017) a draft to amend item (b) of article 105 of the constitution concerned in granting military judiciary broader authority.
BDF, Parliament Discuss Constitutional Amendment Granting Military Judiciary Broader Authority
Council of Representatives Speaker Ahmad Al-Mulla said Monday that the constitutional approach suggested by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa will be followed by an amendment on the military penal code.
Bahraini Parliament Speaker Meets with BDF Commander-in-Chief to Discuss Constitutional Amendment Allowing Trial of Civilians in Military Courts
Bahrain’s Parliament Speaker Ahmed bin Ibrahim Al-Mulla said parliament will hold meeting on Monday with BDF Commander-in-Chief to discuss constitutional amendment suggested by the King.