Bahrain outlaws main secular opposition group

Source: Reuters

By Sami Aboudi | DUBAI

A Bahraini court on Wednesday ordered the dissolution of the main secular opposition group which the government accuses of supporting terrorism, a ruling that human rights campaigners said was aimed at silencing peaceful dissent.

The National Democratic Action Society (Waad), a social and political association in a country where parties are not allowed, campaigns for democracy, human rights and social freedoms. It tweeted that the court had ordered it dissolved and its assets seized. The ruling is subject to appeal.

The Justice Ministry, which filed a case against Waad in March accusing it of “serious violations targeting the principle of respecting the rule of law, supporting terrorism and sanctioning violence,” welcomed the court ruling.

The court said the group had glorified as “martyrs of the homeland” men convicted of killing three police officers in a bomb attack in 2014, the ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency BNA. The men were executed this year, Bahrain’s first use of capital punishment in years.

 

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Categories: Middle East, Secularism

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