Bahrain King Hamad Changes Title, Becomes ‘His Greatest Majesty’
Bahrain-The King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, has ordered his royal title to be changed from “His Majesty” to “His Greatest Majesty”. The Gulf country’s Royal Court has also sent a notice to local news outlets to use the new title in media reports.
Title change draws online ridicule
King’s latest title has drawn criticism from activists on social media. Activist Yusuf Al-Jamri sarcastically said, “The problems of Bahrain have been resolved once and for all with one stroke of a pen.”
Activist Latifa Al-Husseini said, “The world is planning to go to the moon, Mars and Jupiter, and the Hamad regime invents a new title to bring down all of Bahrain’s problems and its political and economic crisis.” Latifa made sarcastic comments about him.
King Hamad’s regime in Bahrain
King Hamad has ruled Bahrain since 1999. He is the son of Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the previous and first emir. Bahrain has been ruled by the Al Khalifa dynasty since 1783. King Hamad was declared an Islamic constitutional monarchy in 2011.
Human rights crisis in Bahrain
Bahrain has been criticised by human rights groups for its poor human rights records. Death sentences in Bahrain have increased in the last ten years. According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), between 2020 and 2021, at least 58 people were detained or prosecuted for their online activities.
After the 2011 Bahraini uprising, hundreds have been imprisoned and stripped of their nationality. The 2011 Bahraini uprising was a series of anti-government protests led by the Shia dominant, who accused the Al Khalifa monarchy of political persecution.
Ten years after Bahrain’s pro-democracy uprising, the authorities tried to put an end to all critical voices and restricted any space for the opposition parties. The authorities reportedly banned opposition parties, put civilians in front of military courts, and jailed dozens of peaceful political opponents for raising their voices online.