With Bahrain on the cusp of elections for the lower house of its National Assembly this week, Amnesty International notes with serious concern that political opposition has been effectively suppressed over the course of the past two years, with a disproportionate impact on Shi’a political, civic, and religious leaders. Freedom of expression, association, and assembly are all absent in a context in which civic participation is restricted to those who already fully support the existing political order. Amnesty International calls on Bahrain to allow free expression of political dissent, and to fully respect the right of its citizens to association and peaceful assembly.
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