Bahrain in the shadow of the dictatorship

Bahrain in the shadow of the dictatorship

Nov 06, 2018

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The appeal court of the Al-Khalifa regime in Bahrain issued a life sentence for the Secretary-General of the Islamic Conservative National Assembly (al-Wefaq).

The appeal court of the Al-Khalifa regime in Bahrain issued a life sentence for the Secretary-General of the Islamic Conservative National Assembly (al-Wefaq).

Sheikh Ali Salman has been sentenced to imprisonment for the lifetime, along with two other Bahraini opposition leaders, named Sheikh Hassan Sultan and Ali al-Asvad, for the baseless charge of spying on Qatar.

Earlier, Sheikh Salman and two of his entourage had already been acquitted of the allegations.

In this regard, deputy of Foreign Secretary, Alistair Burt, speaking on a statement, expressed concern over the Bahraini court’s imprisonment for Sheikh Ali Salman, general secretary of al-Wefaq, adding that he has the right to object to the court’s rule.

The statement, posted on the website of the British Foreign Office, said: the United Kingdom would encourage the Bahraini government to abide by its domestic and international obligations.

Amnesty International, in response to this, wrote in its Twitter account that turning the verdict of the Bahraini activist and sentencing him to life imprisonment is a very dangerous sign of Manama’s continued arbitrary and illegal policies against his civil rights activists.

Sheikh Ali Salman, a Bahraini Shiite leader, was arrested in 2014 and sentenced to four years in July 2015, but the appeals court extended his imprisonment to nine years, and in a new outrageous sentence, he was sentenced to life imprisonment.

It seems that the crackdown on dissidents in Bahrain is related to the date for holding Bahrain’s parliamentary election and the boycott of the election by the opposition.

The lack of the most obvious democratic standards in the electoral process in Bahrain has prompted criticism and protests by its people, and Bahraini people and organizations, including Bahrain’s al-Wefaq movement, have shown their disgust by the boycott of the election.

Political observers have also evaluated Al Khalifa’s demonstrative action to hold parliamentary elections as a kind of suppression of the regime to cover its actions in covering violations of citizenship rights.

On the other hand, it is true if the death sentence for life imprisonment for Sheikh Ali Salman is considered as a sort of scare tool of people who are thinking of boycotting the elections.

Al-Khalifa’s regime’s plans for forming their own groups and a controversial campaign, called “Opposite”, were not in place, and their attempts to create a rift between the opposition and their presence in the election were faced with a definitive failure.

Now the opponents, however, are fully coordinated by the fact that it is the only authority to determine the obligation to participate in the election is “Sheikh Isa Qassim”, which has been under treatment in London for some time.

Indeed, the set of these behaviours shows that the ruling regime in Bahrain uses any means, policies, and tricks to eliminate the opposition from the political and social scene while blocking the popular uprising.

Al-Khalil’s violence has not only failed to dissuade Bahrainis from pursuing their right to seek justice but has fueled protests in this country.

Bahrain is the scene of the popular anti-regime of al-Khalifa since February 14, 2011. The Bahraini people want freedom, justice and discrimination removal, and the empowerment of an elected government and the release of political prisoners in their country.

Bahrain’s unrest has already killed dozens and injured thousands. The Al Khalifa regime has also abolished hundreds of citizenships.

Human rights groups have repeatedly condemned Al-Khalifa’s regime for suppressing dissent and calling for reforms in the country’s political system.

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