Bahrain. In April, Nada Haffadh, the doctor and the House
of Representatives, was appointed Minister of Health and
thus became the country's first female minister. Haffadh was
also an advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) and
the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).
Police in the capital Manama met May 21 with Shiite
protesters protesting US treatment of prisoners in Iraq.
Thirteen people were reported injured when police fired
demonstrators with rubber bullets and tear gas. After the
demonstration, the king said he sympathized with the
protesters. The king blamed his interior minister for the
rattles and dismissed him.
CountryAAH, the total population in Bahrain is 1,701,586 people in 2020.
The Bahrain Human Rights Center was closed in September
on orders from the authorities. Its leader, Abd al-Hadi
al-Khawaja, was arrested on September 24 following a speech
in which he blamed the country's Sunni Muslim leadership for
the financial problems that had particularly affected the
Shi'ites. He was sentenced in November to one year in prison
but was released after an intervention by the king.