March 31st 2013 in Briefings International Relations

An appeals court has overturned the convictions of twenty-one medics this week, who were arrested after treating anti-government protesters in the small Gulf kingdom more than two years ago. Human rights activists and organizations have criticized the Bahraini monarchy for sentencing pro-democracy activists to long prison terms, which have led to a number of individuals going on hunger strikes. Also this past week, the Bahraini parliament unanimously voted to label the Lebanese Hezbollah as a terrorist group, citing the militia’s alleged involvement in attempts to destabilize Bahrain as well as its suspected support of the Assad regime in Syria. (March 26, 2013 – ABC News; March 26, 2013 – Jerusalem Post; March 28, 2013 – BBC)