News in Brief
- A number of activists in women’s societies demanded the
implementation of the quota electoral system in order to facilitate
women’s access to Parliament in the next election. However,
some female MPs rejected this saying that the system contains
a constitutional violation.
- The President of Bahrain Human Rights Society, Dr. Abdullah
Al Drazi, said that the Society will begin its preparations
for the upcoming elections in 2010, pointing to the formation
of a joint committee with Bahrain Transparency Society.
- On 18 August 2009, the relatives of the detainee in Saudi
Arabia, Abdualraheem Al- Murbaty, staged a protest opposite
the Saudi Embassy in Manama. The Government said that the protest
is illegal, while the protestors claimed that their number did
not exceed 5 individuals, and hence, the matter did not require
permission from the authority.
- On 26 August 2009, t Bahraini Minister of Foreign Affairs
met the President of Bahrain Transparency Society and praised
the Society’s activities. He also stressed the importance of
communicating and coordinating with it in order to promote democracy
- Bahraini Government has rejected a proposal by Parliament
to increase financial help to the disabled, and said that the
current social security law is adequate to fulfill the need
of this particular social group, adding that supporting the
disabled is not limited to providing financial support.
- A researcher in the Attagdeed Cultural Society (Cultural
Renewal Society), Ms. Rabiha Alzeera, as well as twenty other
women, participated last August in a periodic meeting in Malaysia
to discuss human rights. The meeting was entitled ‘Understanding
Islam from a Human Rights Prospective’. The conference aimed
to throw the light on justice and equality in the Muslim family.
- MP Abdulhussain Al- Motghawee, said that the Al- Wefaq block
will propose a bill regarding justice for victims of torture.
He also expressed his hope that the electoral constituencies
will be amended.
- On 7 August 2009, tens of citizens participated in a peaceful
protest demanding the release of some detainees arrested following
the killing of a member of the police force during a violent
riot. A different protest took place on 9 August 2009, when
the families of some detainees from Al- Ma’ameer village, who
were accused of killing an Asian worker, demanded their immediate
- An official report shows that the unemployment rate has
reached 3.8% last July, and that the number of the unemployed
has reached 5566 individuals.