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.

Essential Facts

  • Execution Method: firing squad
  • On death row: 19
  • Facing imminent execution: 2
  • Executions last year: 3 political prisoners executed


Key Issues

  • Torture and forced confessions
  • Unfair trials
  • Death penalty used as a tool of political repression
  • Recent tripling of death sentences


Imminent Executions

MAHER ABBAS AL-KHABBAZ – hotel bellboy, disappeared by Bahraini police for a week and tortured so severely he was transferred to hospital. False confession used to sentence him to death.


Death Sentences Overturned

MOHAMED RAMADHAN – father of three, blindfolded, stripped, beaten with iron rods. False confession used to secure his death sentence, before it was quashed in October 2018.

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. A retrial has been ordered.



What you can do to help

Join us in calling on the Bahraini authorities to stop the execution of victims of torture.

Bahrain: Don’t execute victims of torture

Urgent – 19 people are currently on Bahrain’s death row, many of them political prisoners. 2 have exhausted their legal appeals and could be executed at any time.

Sign the petition


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