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Bahrain Crs

Bahrain Crs

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Another issue that has been widely discussed in the context of the uprising, but which predated it,
is that of executions and torture. Human Rights Watch and other groups long asserted that
Bahrain had been going against the international trend of ending executions. In November 2009,
Bahrain’s Court of Cassation upheld the sentencing to death by firing squad of a citizen of
Bangladesh. That sentenced was imposed for a 2005 murder. From 1977 until 2006, there were no
executions in Bahrain.

Allegations of torture against Shiite opposition figures have been widespread. In February 2010,
more than one year before the uprising began, Human Rights Watch issued a study alleging
systematic use by Bahraini security forces of torture.22

Witnesses at the May 13, 2011, hearing of
the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission asserted that torture was being used regularly on
those (mostly Shiites) arrested in the unrest. The State Department human rights report for 2011
said there were numerous reports of torture and other cruel punishments during the state of
emergency (March—June 2011). The government cancelled the planned late May 2013 visit of
the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or
Punishment, Juan Mendez—the second cancellation of his visit since the unrest began. Mendez


Human Rights Watch. “Bahrain: Torture Redux.” February 2010.

Bahrain: Reform, Security, and U.S. Policy

Congressional Research Service


said he was “deeply disappointed” in the postponement. On June 7, 2013, twenty Senators and
House Members signed a letter to the King urging him to allow a visit by Mendez in order to
demonstrate Bahrain’s “commitment to help put an end to such abuses.”23

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