Bahrain’s Efforts to Suspend Opposition Sparks Int'l Outrage
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An International rights organization has slammed the Bahraini judicial system for trying to suspend the country’s main Shiite opposition group Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society.
The International Center for Supporting Rights and Freedoms (ICSRF) criticized the Bahraini Justice Ministry for filing lawsuit aimed at suspending the opposition party Al-Wefaq, reported Lualuatv.
The ICSRF which is a member of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, called the Justice Ministry’s decision “a conspiracy to crack down rights movements and eradicate peaceful protests”.
The Persian Gulf monarchy's Justice Ministry claims it is taking Al-Wefaq to court so that the group can "correct its legal status" after failing to comply with rules of transparency when holding general meetings.
Secretary General of Bahrain’s Al-Wefaq society Ali Salman had earlier reacted to Al Khalifa threats to disintegrate the society, saying the regime’s moves are hypocritical political measures aimed at finishing what has been left from peaceful political activities.
Manama had threatened to disintegrate Al-Wefaq for what it called the party’s legal violations.
Since mid-February 2011, thousands of pro-democracy protesters have staged numerous demonstrations in the streets of Bahrain, calling for the Al Khalifa royal family to relinquish power.
On March 14, 2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and some other neighboring Arab countries invaded the country to assist the Bahraini government in its crackdown on peaceful protesters.
Scores of anti-regime protesters have been killed and many more put behind bars since then.