Despite pressure from the UN and the international community, the death penalty continues to be part of the Bahraini legal system. Crimes that warrant the death penalty include treason, terrorism, apostasy and drug trafficking. Particularly the absence of a precise definition of terrorism has allowed the Bahraini government to exploit its legal system so as to criminalise acts of opposition, free expression and assembly. The death penalty is conducted via firing squads.
Not only does the death penalty itself stand in conflict with the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights, but those sentenced to death regularly report instances of undue process, torture and violations of personal and human rights.
From 2010-2017, the number of issued death sentences rose by 20 %, as Amnesty International reports, in a dramatic deterioration of human rights. As of March 2017, 2 death row inmates, Mohammed Ramadan and Hussain Moosa, await imminent execution, irrespective of allegations of torture. This comes after 3 torture victims were executed in January of the same year.
9 January 2017 – The Court of Cassation in Bahrain today upheld the death sentence against three defendants, life imprisonment against seven other defendants, and revocation of citizen... Read more
The undersigned NGOs call on the government of Bahrain to immediately launch an independent and impartial investigation into the death of 35-year-old detainee Hassan Jassim Hasan Al-Hayki am... Read more
31 October 2015 – Construction began today on Britain’s new Royal Navy base in Bahrain, despite ongoing controversies. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and Foreign Minister Sheik... Read more
27 May 2015 – The Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) strongly condemn the death sentences upheld by a Bahrain Appeal Court today. Mohammad Ramadan and Husain Ali Moosa were se... Read more
30 December 2014 – On 29 December, a Bahraini court sentenced Mohammed Ramadan and Husain Ali Moosa to death for their supposed involvement in a bomb explosion in al-Dair on 14 Februar... Read more