According to the January report of the Bahraini Human Rights Association, 995 cases of gross violations of human rights have been recorded including arbitrary arrests, unfair trials, exile, disappearance of opponents , the repression of protests, the ban on the organization of Friday prayers and the dissemination of false and provocative news.
“The security forces of the al-Khalifa regime arrested during the month of January, 121 people and molested 18 prisoners including 18 Shiites and 4 women,” said the report highlighting: “17 Bahraini citizens who participated in anti-regime demonstrations in the month of January are missing “.
The ban on the organization of Friday prayers is the most important case of violation of human rights, especially since the village of al-Diraz where is the house of the cleric, Sheikh Issa Qassem remains the most important hotbed of the popular anti-regime movement where the organization of the Friday prayer has been defended since the summer of 2016.
For the past seven years, various Bahraini towns and villages have been the scene of anti-regime protests. Security forces continue to harass, intimidate, imprison and prosecute human rights defenders and their relatives on the basis of unfounded accusations.
Dozens of protesters have been killed and hundreds of others, including prominent political figures, are behind bars.
The well-known human rights defender, Nabil Rajab, is serving a two-year prison sentence after statements he made and confirmed by the Manama Court of Appeal on January 15, 2018. He risks an additional 15 years in a separate trial on other counts of tweets criticizing the Saudi-led military operation in Yemen.
On January 29, the Bahrain Court upheld the disqualification of the religious cleric Sheikh Issa Qassem and sentenced him to one year in prison. Accused of illegal collection of funds and money laundering by the government of Bahrain, Sheikh Issa Qassem has been under house arrest in al-Diraz since 2015. The Bahraini regime has lost its nationality, Sheikh Issa Qassem, on June 20 2016, a week after the suspension of the activities of the Al-Wifaq movement, the main opposition movement in the country, by the Ministry of Justice.
The Bahraini Court of Cassation confirmed the death sentence passed on Maher Abbas after a trial based on “confessions” extracted under torture. If King Hamed bin Issa Al Khalifa ratifies his sentence, he runs the risk of being executed very soon. Three men were executed, 15 January 2017, six days after the confirmation of their sentence by the Court of Cassation.