Friday, May 4, 2018

AI statement on Bahraini military trials, death sentences

Amnesty International's May 2, 2018 statement on Bahrain's military court death sentences can be found here. Excerpt:
Military trials of civilians are inherently unfair as all officials in military courts, including judges, are serving members of the military. A constitutional amendment ratified by the King on 3 April 2017 paved the way for trials of civilians in military courts. This constitutional amendment came as part of the broader pattern of clampdown on freedom of expression to crush dissent, including through the judiciary, which Amnesty International documented in 2017. This is the first military trial of civilians following the new amendment.

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