Bahrain Disbands Opposition Parties, Tightening Crackdown on Dissent

Washington

In response to Bahrain’s Justice Ministry asking a court to temporarily suspend the activities of three leading opposition parties -- al-Wefaq, the Justice and Development Movement, and the National Democratic Action Society -- Freedom House issued the following statement:

“Moves by Bahrain’s Justice Ministry to temporarily disband three opposition parties in advance of general elections signals that the government does not intend to have elections that are free and fair,” said Charles Dunne, director of Middle East and North Africa programs at Freedom House.  “The Justice Ministry has sued to stop the work of these parties on the faulty pretense that they were not operating within Bahraini law or the parties’ codes of conduct. Following the government’s expulsion of Tom Malinowski, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, for speaking to leaders of the al-Wefaq party, this is another transparent attempt to silence the opposition.”

“In a time of great political turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa, Bahrain is abusing government power to limit debate and dissent,” Dunne said.

Bahrain is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2014, Freedom of the Press 2014, and Freedom on the Net 2013. 

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