Bahrain death penalty upheld | Human Rights and the Will to be free |


Lawyers for the two men have said they will appeal against the decision at the court of cassation in a final effort to have the sentences reduced.

Bahrain's largest opposition political party Al Wefaq denounced Wednesday's decision and said confessions used as evidence in convicting the two men were extracted by torture.

The Gulf island kingdom has been wracked by nearly two years of violence that followed the clearing of an iconic landmark, Pearl Roundabout, in the capital Manama, in February 2011.

As violence escalated 35 people, including five police officers, were killed. Hundreds more were hurt andthousands jailed - the vast majority Shia Muslims.

Since then, opposition and human rights activists say another 45 people have been killed,.....