After years of political tensions, Bahraini authorities have signaled that they may adopt a more lenient approach towards their opponents. This notably comes at a time of wider regional rapprochement.
Some political figures have welcomed the change and called for further dialogue. They say the measures, however small and despite lasting uncertainty, offer the promise of an improved political environment. But parts of Bahrain’s opposition remain skeptical about the prospects for genuine reform.
In late June, the Ministry of Interior stated that more than 5,000 convicted individuals—including political prisoners—had benefited from the Alternative Penalties and Procedures Law. Originally passed in 2017, the legislation offers lighter sentencing including house arrest for inmates who have served half their sentence and are no longer deemed a security risk.
These measures come after years of political tensions. Pro-democracy protests largely led by Bahrain’s...
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