ADHRB Cautiously Welcomes Release of Zainab al-Khawaja
31 May 2016 – Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) cautiously welcomes the Bahraini authorities’ release of human rights defender Zainab al-Khawaja from prison. However, as the details around her release remain unclear, we call on the Bahraini authorities to drop all charges against Zainab as she remains under the threat of re-arrest at any moment.
Bahrain Court of Appeal Increases the Sentence of Al-Wefaq’s Sheikh Ali Salman to Nine Years in Prison
On 30 May 2016, the Bahraini Court of Appeal toughened the sentence against Sheikh Ali Salman. The Secretary-General of Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society now faces nine years in prison, up from the previous sentence of four years. The court convicted him of “attempting to overthrow the regime.” The court previously acquitted him of this charge.
Updates from the Ground
- Authorities arrested 25 individuals, including 3 children. Bahraini forces arrested 15 individuals in house raids.
- Criminal and appeals courts altered, upheld convictions and sentenced 31 individuals to more than 401 years in prison and BHD 250 in fines.
- Bahraini courts upheld the decision to revoke the citizenship of 3 individuals and deport 1 individual.
- The court of appeal upheld the decision to deport human rights lawyer Taimoor Karimi. Authorities revoked Taimoor's citizenship with 30 other Bahraini citizens in 2012 as the result of an administrative decision.
- The criminal court sentenced Shia cleric Sheikh Mohammed al-Mansi to 1 year in prison for inciting hatred against the regime and insulting a government body following a speech he delivered during his Friday prayer sermon.
- The court of appeal upheld the life sentence and revocation of citizenship against 3 individuals over politically-motivated charges.