A Bahraini human rights activist says the Manama regime has already sentenced nearly two dozen political dissidents to death as the ruling Al Khalifah dynasty presses ahead with its heavy-handed crackdown on pro-democracy campaigners in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom.
President of Bahrain Forum for Human Rights Yusuf Rabie, in a post published on his official Twitter page on Tuesday, stated that Bahraini officials have handed down death penalties to 22 defendants, six of whom have lost their appeals.
Rabie then asked the United Nations, the Human Rights Council and relevant bodies to press the Manama regime in put an end to its use of death penalty against the dissent.
The report came on the same day that Bahrain’s Court of Cassation upheld deaths sentences against two young men, identified as Sayed Ahmed al-Abbar and Husain Ali Mohamed, over their alleged involvement in an April 2016 attack on regime forces in the northern village of Karbabad.
A military patrol vehicle was torched in the incident and a security officer killed.
Human rights activists maintain that the pair’s confessions have been obtained under duress.
The Bahrain Centre for Human Rights has frequently voiced its deep concern over Al Khalifah regime’s continued use of the death penalty in judicial proceeding, especially those recently issued by the Military Court.
The Center also called on the international community to act urgently to save civilians sentenced to death.
It further urged the Bahraini regime to stop the trial of civilians in military courts, and to quash all death sentences issued by military and civilian courts.
Thousands of anti-regime protesters have held demonstrations in Bahrain on an almost daily basis ever since a popular uprising began in the country in mid-February 2011.
They are demanding that the Al Khalifah regime relinquish power and allow a just system representing all Bahrainis to be established.
Manama has gone to great lengths to clamp down on any sign of dissent. On March 14, 2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were deployed to assist Bahrain in its crackdown.
Scores of people have lost their lives and hundreds of others sustained injuries or got arrested as a result of the Al Khalifah regime’s crackdown.
On March 5, 2017, Bahrain’s parliament approved the trial of civilians at military tribunals in a measure blasted by human rights campaigners as being tantamount to imposition of an undeclared martial law countrywide.
Bahraini monarch King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah ratified the constitutional amendment on April 3 last year.