The death penalty in Bahrain: what you need to know
The Kingdom of Bahrain – an island country in the Persian Gulf – is the third smallest country in Asia behind only the Maldives and Singapore.
- Execution Method: firing squad
- On death row: 21
- Facing imminent execution: 4
- Executions last year: 3 political prisoners executed
- Torture and forced confessions
- Unfair trials
- Death penalty used as a tool of political repression
- Recent tripling of death sentences
MOHAMED RAMADHAN – father of three, blindfolded, stripped, beaten with iron rods. False confession used to secure his death sentence. Bahrain’s Special Investigation Unit investigated the torture and recommended a retrial, but no retrial has been set and he still faces imminent execution.
HUSAIN MOOSA – Mohamed’s co-defendant, hung from the ceiling by his wrists for three days and beaten. Tortured into signing a confession falsely implicating them both. Also promised a retrial, but still faces imminent execution.
What you can do to help
Bahrain: Don’t execute victims of torture
Urgent – 21 people are currently on Bahrain’s death row, many of them political prisoners. 4 have exhausted their legal appeals and could be executed at any time.