The Council of Representatives Punishes its Critics and Practices the Role of the Executive Authority
The Penal Code and its Role in Suppressing Freedom of Opinion and Expression
15th January 2010
The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights is following up with concern what the Bahraini newspapers published regarding the Committee of Foreign Affairs, Defense and Security at the Council of Affairs sanctioning the penalty against insulting the National Council. The head of the Committee, MP Adel Al-Muawda indicated that the committee, in the meeting that was held on Wednesday 13 January 2010, ended the discussion of the bill that amends some of the provisions of the Penal Code issued with Decree-Law no. 10 of 1976, the bill addressed exchanging some of the article’s provision with new provisions, among them Article 107 and spoke of identifying the general employee, meaning the person who is mandated to undertake a general task according to the Criminal Code and the Civil Service Bureau, and it also discussed Article 216 the issue of identifying the insult in a public manner to the Councils of Shura or Representatives, the National Council, the statuary bodies, the Defense Force, the National Guard, or the courts, the authorities or public interests, so that the punishment shall be imprisonment or a fine, which the Committee considered retaining the original text [ 1].