His Majesty King Hamad
Bahrain King orders tough new laws against terrorism
Manama, July 29, 2013
Bahrainis convicted of acts of terrorism could have their nationality revoked as part of tough new laws which His Majesty King Hamad has asked to be enforced as soon as possible.
The proposal to curb rising levels of street violence was one of 22 approved by MPs and Shura Council members during a stormy extraordinary session of the National Assembly yesterday, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
The King pledged soon after the session ended that the recommendations would be enforced through legal and constitutional channels.
"Blocking roads and barring access to vital areas is disrupting people's interests, work and daily lives," His Majesty said. He called for tough action against terrorism and urged people to stay united.
HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier also praised the recommendations.
Other recommendations by the National Assembly include banning protests in Manama, punishing political societies that support violence and tougher action against people who use children to carry out acts of sabotage.
Legislators also demanded a crackdown on terrorist funding, strong punishments for those misusing social media and the option to recall the State of National Safety, if necessary.
His Majesty also ordered authorities to implement the recommendations as soon as possible.
"We have given opposition political societies many options in a bid to end the turmoil, but no solution has been reached," said Deputy Prime Minister Jawad Al Arrayed.
"We are now taking action and it is in line with international treaties and conventions that protect human rights. We are all in one boat combating terrorism and there is no winner or loser because if the country sinks we sink with it and if it stands strong then we will all gain the benefits." – TradeArabia News Service