The human rights situation in Bahrain in 2011 witnessed unprecedented deterioration at almost all levels, especially in light of the repressive retaliatory action aimed at crushing the popular uprising which demanded far-reaching democratic reforms, including punishing those who participated in or supported the demonstrations and peaceful sit-ins. The crackdown on the uprising was directly supported by Saudi Arabian and Emirati military and security forces, which ostensibly intervened in the country to "maintain stability and secure vital institutions.”

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