A LAWYER plans to challenge the trial of a human rights activist by arguing the case against him is unconstitutional.
Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights president Mohammed Al Maskati is standing trial at the Lower Criminal Court for allegedly launching an association without issuing a declaration of registration.
His lawyer Mohammed Al Jishi yesterday argued the charge violated several articles of the constitution and requested a judge’s permission to lodge a case at the Constitutional Court.
The judge adjourned the trial until March 31 to review the request.
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].
Events of 2009
Bahrain’s government in 2009 continued to subject freedom of expression, assembly, and association to arbitrary restrictions. The year saw increased confrontations between security forces and demonstrators protesting alleged discrimination by the Sunni-dominated government against the country’s majority Shia population. Local rights groups accused authorities of using excessive force against protestors and subjecting detained opposition activists to torture and ill-treatment. In March and April clashes led to the deaths of a Pakistani worker (whose car was hit by a Molotov cocktail) and a Pakistani member of the security forces.
On April 11, Shaikh Hamad Bin Isa al-Khalifa, Bahrain’s king, pardoned 178 opposition activists charged with and in some cases convicted of security-related offenses. However, the decree never appeared in the official gazette, leaving it unclear whether charges and prison terms might be revived.
On November 10, in line with a pledge it had made to the United Nations Human Rights Council, Bahrain established a National Institution for Human Rights, a government body charged with reviewing and developing legislation to comply with international human rights instruments.
Because of the Lack of Accountability
The Riot Police Continuously Attack Citizens
Using Foreigners to Raid the Bahraini Villages and Areas
7 January 2010
The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights is following up with concern the Riot Police’s – elements of the foreign mercenaries – practice of raiding the Bahraini areas and villages and using teargas and rubber bullets, sonic and cluster bombs. The Riot Police also used the shotgun weapon – weapon for hunting birds – and several citizens in the villages and areas were injured due to the Riot Police intentionally firing at the citizens and causing them dangerous wounds, bruises and injuries that could lead to permanent disability.