SHAFAQNA- ABNA : Bahrain’s most prominent Shia Scholar Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim called on the Manama regime to launch serious dialogue with opposition groups and protesters and start reforms.
Demonstrations in Bahrain have been held on a regular basis ever since a popular uprising began in mid-February 2011. The participants demand that the Al-Khalifa regime relinquish power and allow a just system representing all Bahrainis to be established. Manama, however, has gone to great lengths to clamp down on any sign of dissent.
On March 5, 2017, Bahrain’s parliament approved the trial of civilians at military tribunals in a measure blasted by human rights campaigners as being tantamount to imposition of an undeclared martial law countrywide. King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa ratified the constitutional amendment on April 3, 2017.