“The EU reiterates its strong opposition to the use of the death penalty in all circumstances. This case is a serious drawback given that Bahrain had suspended executions for the past seven years, and concerns have been expressed about possible violations of the right to a fair process for the three convicted”, – says EEAS spokesperson statement of three executions in Bahrain carried out on Sunday 15/01/2017.
“The EU rejects violence as a political tool and fully supports the stability and development of the Kingdom of Bahrain, but believes this can only be achieved through a sustainable and inclusive national reconciliation process”.
According to human rights organisations monitoring the situation in Middle East, these executions terminated a six-years long pause, interpreted by some as path towards modernisation of the justice system. Sunday’s executions triggered unrest among Shiite population: the images of burning tyres, blocking roads leading to confrontation with police units; the photographs of devastated family members of the executed circulated in social media, which became the major source of information on the dramatic events in the country to compensate for absence of journalistic reports: the authorities banned correspondents from coverage the events individually.
According to available sources the demonstrations broke out as soon as word spread of the upcoming death penalties to be carried out in days after the verdict. The unrest deepened the tense relations between the Shiite majority, and Sunni minority, ruling the country last two centuries under Al-Khalifa dynasty.
All three convinced were found guilty for death of three policemen in for March 2014 bomb attack.