30-31 May 2017

It followed a Justice Ministry of the National Democratic
petition filed in March Action Society (Wa’ad) in
accusing the National March.
Democratic Action Society, It accused the party of
Bahraini Court Dissolves known as Waad, of «serious
Main Secular Opposition «serious violations of the
violations targeting the Bahrain Court Dissolves principle of respect for the
Group principle of respecting the Secular Opposition rule of law», «support of
A Bahraini court on rule of law, supporting Group terrorism» and «promotion
Wednesday ordered the terrorism and sanctioning of political change by force.»
dissolution of the main violence». A Bahraini court dissolved
secular Waad opposition a secular opposition party Bahrain has been rocked
The Arabic-language al- on Wednesday, a judicial by unrest since 2011, when
group and the seizure of Wasat daily newspaper said
its assets, Waad said on its official said, as authorities its Sunni minority rulers
that the high administrative in the Gulf state kept up a crushed Shiite-led protests
Twitter account. court decided to «dissolve crackdown on dissent. demanding a constitutional
The ruling is part of a the National Democratic monarchy and an elected
wider crackdown by the Action Society (Waad), The decision by the
administrative court, just prime minister.
Western-allied government confiscate its assets for
that has included the benefit of the state months after the main Last week, police shot dead
outlawing opposition treasury». party representing the five demonstrators in the
groups, imprisoning and kingdom›s Shiite majority home village of the spiritual
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trying prominent rights
campaigners and revoking condemned by human Shiite majority.
the citizenship of a religious rights groups.
leader. The justice ministry had
requested the dissolution read more

The ruling comes following could not immediately be
a petition filed in March reached for comment on
by Bahrain›s justice the case.
Bahrain Heading for ministry accusing Waad of Trial of Leading Bahraini Rajab, a leading figure in
‹Total Suppression› with supporting terrorism. Activist Postponed a 2011 pro-democracy
Ban on Secular Group Human rights groups called A Bahraini court again uprising, was arrested last
Bahrain is heading for «total the ruling, which is subject denied bail to a leading June after tweets from his
suppression», human rights to appeal, «a de facto ban Bahraini human rights account suggested that
groups have said, after on all opposition». activist on Tuesday and security forces had tortured
the reported banning of a «Shutting down the last delayed his trial on charges detainees in a Bahraini
secular opposition group on opposition party is a of spreading false news, a prison and on a military
Wednesday for «supporting declaration of a de facto pro-opposition rights group campaign in Yemen.
terrorism». ban on all opposition,» reported. He faces two other sets of
A Bahraini court ordered the said Sayed Alwadaei, the The Bahrain Institute for charges related to an op-ed
dissolution of the National director of advocacy for the Rights and Democracy he published in the New
Democratic Action Society Bahrain Institute for Rights said Nabeel Rajab›s trial York Times last year and
opposition group, known as and Democracy.  was postponed to June 12, tweets from his account that
Waad. The Arabic-language «The government of Bahrain extending his period of pre- were critical of the Saudi-
al-Wasat newspaper said is acting with the aim of trial detention - much of led Gulf Arab intervention
that the high administrative totally silencing all peaceful which was spent in solitary in Yemen.
court decided to «dissolve voices, leaving open the confinement - to roughly a
Waad» and «confiscate its alternative of underground year.
assets for the benefit of the read more
opposition and violence Authorities at Bahrain›s
state treasury». information affairs office
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