Language Switcher

Bahrain: Anti-terrorism bill reintroduced into Parliament

The Government of Bahrain reintroduced a draft anti-terrorism bill, which had been withdrawn when it met with strong opposition from civil society last year. The current bill is almost identical to the withdrawn text; it contains a broad definition of terrorism and criminalizes various forms of involvement in terrorism. If adopted, it would give special prosecutorial powers, including the power to order up to 90-day pre-trial detention, without judicial authorization.