King lifts emergency decree


King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa has decided to lift the state of emergency which was put in place on 15th March as a result of widespread protests against the government.

The state of emergency will be lifted from 1st June.

Elsewhere, 21 opposition activists were put on trial on Sunday accused of trying to bring down the government. Another 50 doctors and nurses are being tried by a military court for helping wounded protesters in their hospital and for being involved in the protests. Last month four protesters were sentenced to death for killing two policemen.

Recent reports have suggested that the authorities have been rounding up women teachers and schoolgirls and holding them for days before releasing them. There are many reports and accusations of human rights abuses.

At least 29 protesters have been killed in clashes with police and military forces.

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