Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Bahrain

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Bahrain

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Oct. 28: The Manama administrative court banned the leading opposition group, Al Wefaq National Islamic Society, one month before parliamentary elections were scheduled to take place, claiming that the group violated the law on associations. The move came after Al Wefaq announced it would boycott the elections, stating that the government had made no attempt to reconcile with them after their anti-monarchy protests. [BBC, 10/28]

Nov. 2: The Manama criminal court released prominent activist and founder of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, Nabil Rajab, and adjourned his trial over remarks deemed critical of the state. The court ordered that Rajab be released from custody but barred him from leaving the country and set the date of his next trial hearing for the following year. Rajab was arrested on October 1st after posting on the social media website Twitter that many of the Bahrainis fighting with jihadi groups in Syria were former security personnel. [AFP, 11/2]

Nov. 22: Bahrain held parliamentary elections for the first time since the failed pro-democracy uprisings took place in 2011, despite the opposition's decision to boycott the election. The main opposition group, Al Wefaq, continued its boycott, which began when its 18 members of parliament resigned in the early days of the uprising, claiming that it did not secure enough meaningful concessions to justify rejoining the legislature. …

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