Bahrain. Security forces deployed tear gas and rubber
bullets against Shiite protesters on December 19 in a number
of villages in the northern part of the kingdom. The
protesters reportedly demanded compensation for human rights
violations during the 1980s. At least one person was killed
in the rattlesnakes, about ten were injured and forty were
said to have been arrested. Bahrain's population is
dominated by Shia Muslims but the country's leaders are
CountryAAH, the human rights organization Amnesty International
protested in January that two men and one woman, all
convicted of murder, had been executed on December 11, 2006.
The death penalty had long been used very sparingly in
Bahrain. - only once since 1977.
In October, the government raised salaries for most
public servants by 15 percent. Wage rises came after trade
union protests and demands that wages must keep pace with
A number of business executives were arrested in early
October on suspicion of corruption. Critics said that the
ongoing campaign against corruption let the senior
executives go free.