Recommendation 1722 (h)

To review convictions and commute sentences of all persons charged with offences involving political expression, not consisting of advocacy of violence, or, as the case may be, to drop outstanding charges against them.

Status

Some charged with freedom of expression have been released and seen their charges dropped. However, on 21 March, students were sentenced to prison on freedom of expression charges such as illegal gathering and inciting hatred against the regime. Additionally, charges and sentences against opposition figures have not been dropped. While they are accused of various terrorism charges, Amnesty International regards them as prisoners of conscience.

Government Claim

(source: www.govactions.bh on 3/3/2012)

On 24 December 2011, the Attorney General confirmed that all charges relating to free speech will be dropped, with cases only being pursued against those persons accused of violent crimes. This decision benefits 334 people.

On 2 January 2012, the Supreme Judicial Council announced that a committee of civilian judges will review all convictions with a view to commute sentences of all persons charged with offences involving political expression, not consisting of advocacy of violence.

Recommendation 1722 (h)
Review convictions and commute sentences of those charged with offenses involving political expression
Status: Violated
Government claim: In Progress

Summary:

  • Implementation Charges have been dropped against some accused of freedom of expression
  • Violation Students were sentenced to prison on 21 March on freedom of expression charges
  • Inaction Charges against prisoners of conscience have not been dropped
  • Background Prisoners of Conscience are accused of far more serious crimes