Bahrain by the Numbers


Population of Bahrain: 1.2 million

Number of citizens: 535,000

Percent of citizens who are Shia Muslim: 70

Percent of those in government: 13

Number of senior positions they fill in the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Cabinet Affairs, the National Guard, the Supreme Defense Council and the Royal Court: zero

Percent in the Ministry of Finance: 10

Percent in the Ministry of Information: six

Percent in the judiciary corps: five

Of the 1,000 National Security Apparatus employees, percent who are non-Bahraini: 64

Percent who are Shia Bahraini: less than five

Of the 20,000 paramilitary Special Security Forces, percent who are non-Bahraini: 90

Percent who are Shia Bahraini: zero

Number of elected Bahrainis from all sects who sit on the country’s all-powerful Shura Council: zero

Day pro-democracy protests began in Bahrain as part of the Arab Spring: Feb. 14, 2011

People who took to the streets: 300,000

Proportional equivalent if Egyptians had done likewise: 40 million

Evidence that Iran instigated the demonstrations: zero

Day Saudi Arabia invaded to put down the uprising: March 14, 2011

Number of Saudi, UAE and Qatari troops who arrived in armored vehicles: 1,500

People killed since Feb.14: 50

Fatalities as a result of teargas shot into residential homes or birdshot fired at close range: 30

Age of youngest victim: five days

Arbitrary arrests: 1,500

Civilians sentenced by military courts: 208

Physicians sentenced for offering medical treatment to demonstrators: 20

Cumulative jail term levied: 2,500 years

Citizens currently accused of violating freedom of speech or assembly laws: 1,000

Documented cases of torture and ill-treatment since the revolt began: 1,866

Bahraini officials held responsible for killings or the systemic use of torture: zero

Mosques destroyed: 40+

Journalists targeted: 90+

Workers fired for supporting, taking part, or suspected of having taken part in pro-democracy activities: 2,710

University students expelled for the same reasons: 477

Prisoners of conscience: 500

Where Bahrain ranks among countries with the highest number of political prisoners per capita: 1st

Proposed U.S. arms sales to Bahrain: $53 million

Years the al-Khalifa family has ruled Bahrain: 228

Days left in power: numbered

Thanks to the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and other NGOs for helping compile these figures.

Rannie Amiri is an independent Middle East commentator. 

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