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.
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.
- 2019 Bahrain Country Report
- 2020 Country Report — Coming Soon!
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.
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