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Sectarian persecution, a systematic policy against the majority of the population in Bahrain

The Royal Court in Bahrain practices persecution of all kinds against those who prove their affiliation to the Imamiyya sect, which is embraced by the majority of the population in the country.

Human rights organizations assert that discrimination and sectarian persecution are a systematic policy against Shiite citizens in terms of education, scholarships, jobs and beliefs.

On January 19, the King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa, issued a decree regulating and managing the Awqaf and Jaffaria Councils.

The decree came within the systematic policy of religious persecution led by the royal court towards the Jaafari Endowments to undermine the independence of religious affairs.

The Bahrain Forum for Human Rights says that the royal decree regulating the Awqaf and Al-Jaafari Council reflects the continuation of the institutional policy of sectarian persecution against Shiite citizens.

He pointed out that it constitutes a flagrant infringement on religious freedoms.

The Bahrain Forum indicated that the decree included an amendment and addition to the legal procedures in the matter and transgressed the constitutional and legal limits.

When he usurped the jurisdiction of the legal judge (the legal ruler) to consider and decide disputes related to the endowment, the guardian of it, and the nazars.

He added that he gave the board of directors of endowments powers that it is not allowed according to the decisions of the Jaafari school of thought.

The authorities also often do not allow Shi’a citizens, who constitute a majority of the country, to work in military institutions.

Such as the Army, the National Guard, and the Royal Guard, and there are only limited numbers in low-ranking military ranks and in marginal departments.

There is also discrimination in the higher ranks against all classes of the people, and only members of certain tribes that the authorities consider to be families that form a union with the ruling family are allowed.

The authorities put down a reformist uprising led by the Shiite majority in 2011.

The authorities worked to deprive thousands of citizens of their right to vote after their names were dropped from the voter lists because they failed to vote in the last round of elections!!

Meanwhile, thousands of Bahraini citizens who arbitrarily lost their jobs continue to suffer after the outbreak of the February 14, 2011 revolution against the policies of the ruling Al Khalifa family.

The authorities continue to use the policy of discrimination between groups of people on the basis of race and sect and practice the policy of class among the people in the promotion of senior positions in the state.

The Salam Organization for Democracy and Human Rights indicated that the Bahraini government dismissed more than 5,000 citizens of the Shiite sect from their jobs in 2011.

The organization explained, in tweets on Twitter, that the government worked to settle the situation of many of them later, but with an unfair injustice.

It brought them back in lower-level jobs and fired some of them later and harassed others for letting them retire early.

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