Manama, Bahrain. Editorial Credit: Preju Suresh / Shutterstock.com

Bahrain

Bahrain was once viewed as a promising model for political reform and democratic transition, but it has become one of the Middle East’s most repressive states. Since violently crushing a popular prodemocracy protest movement in 2011, the Sunni-led monarchy has systematically eliminated a broad range of political rights and civil liberties, dismantled the political opposition, and cracked down harshly on persistent dissent in the Shiite population.

An opposition demonstrator plays the violin during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas. Credit: FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images.

Freedom in the World — Bahrain Country Report

Bahrain is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide. 

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Freedom on the Net — Bahrain Country Report

Bahrain is rated Not Free in Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe.