On November 23, , the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) issued a page report summarizing its findings regarding the February-March . Head of Most Famous Report in Bahrain’s History Meets his End, Leaves Mark on Memories BICI Report Spoke of Qatar Mediation to Resolve Bahraini Crisis. In , the US State Department released a report analyzing the Bahraini government’s implementation of the BICI recommendations.
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The head of the Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society Faisal Fuladwho was implicated in the Bandargate scandal believe that the continued attempts to discredit the BICI are part of a concerted campaign by the opposition to delegitimise the Commission’s findings.
EU High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton said bicii 1 July that the “establishment of an independent commission, composed of international members, to investigate the origins, causes and facts behind the many allegations of human rights violations in recent banrain in Bahrain.
An electronic reporg of the documents will be kept at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague for ten years.
US President Barack Obama praised the establishment of the Commission on 2 July and said that, “by providing an independent assessment of what happened and identifying those responsible, the Royal Repogt will play bahrin essential role in advancing reconciliation, justice, and peace in Bahrain. The Commission was asked to explore the circumstances and appropriateness of arrests and detentions; to examine allegations of bicl and torture; to probe allegations of media harassment and other pressure tactics used against participants in demonstrations and public protests; to discuss the alleged unlawful demolition of baahrain structures; and to describe the alleged involvement barhain foreign forces and actors.
Cherif Bassiouni who has led United Nations investigations into alleged war crimes in Bosnia and Libya. This is a step in the right direction, which we hope will shed full light on those events. The composition and powers of the Bahraini parliament will remain unchanged during the forecast period. Although Commissions of Inquiry are often created by external mandate, the Bahraini Commission of Inquiry was the product of internal decision-making and benefited from a consultation process bagrain various bodies, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
One of the commissioners, Sir Nigel Rodley, told The Times, a UK-based newspaper, that the commission had not had time to investigate official responsibility in detail. The Arab League General Secretariat hailed the establishment of the Commission as a step that will “meet Bahrain people’s aspirations and bolster constitutional establishments beyond any foreign interference to subvert the Kingdom’s independence, sovereignty and stability and undermine its Arab identity.
The report of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry BICIa royally appointed commission of senior international lawyers that has been investigating the unrest of February and March this year, has proven not to be the whitewash that some opposition groups suspected it would be.
Retrieved from ” https: The report also provided a detailed study of the sackings of workers from the public sector and from state-owned enterprises for participating in strikes and protests see Economic policy and stated that there was discrimination against Shia Bahrainis, who were disproportionately punished for missing work. Judge Philippe Kirsch Q. She obtained an LLB Credit risk Charts and tables Additional subscription required. The national opposition democratic forces stressed that most of the recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry BICIissued on November 23,were not implemented.
It criticised opposition statements on “foreign mercenaries”, which may have contributed to xenophobia against Asian workers, but also noted that a policy of recruiting security forces from Asian countries had not helped, and it bayrain a clear recommendation that the security forces should be more representative of Bahraini society implicitly referring to grievances over bicu lack of recruitment of Shia Muslims.
Shouting in the Dark. Catherine AshtonHigh Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, put pressure “upon all sides in Bahrain to do their utmost to implement the recommendations of the report, in a timely and complete fashion” .
Field’s Outcomes Book The BICI is described by human rights group Amnesty International as “an impressive line-up of repoet international experts”.
The commission released a page report 23 Novemberwhich took 9, testimonies, offered an extensive chronology of events, documented 46 deaths, allegations of torture, and more than 4, cases of employees dismissed for participating in protests.
The remaining deaths—mainly but not exclusively of Shia Bahrainis—were unattributed either because of a lack of evidence or because they occurred outside the timeframe that the commission was set up to consider.
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The report lays out a detailed narrative of the protests and baheain various attempts at dialogue that took place in February and March, including a range of different proposals for political reform by the key actors.
Claim rights and liberty rights Individual and group rights Natural and legal rights Negative and positive rights. Cherif Bassiouni is one bic the foremost authorities on international criminal, human Mr Bassiouni has previously praised the king, Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, the crown prince, Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, and the interior minister, Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah bin Ahmed bbahrain, saying that they were more reformist than other family members.
However, the commission, nicknamed the Bassiouni Commission after its head, Cherif Bassiouni, an Egyptian-US international lawyer, did not find specific officials responsible for any of the abuses it mentioned. Bassiouni also stated that all physical documents, including statements and complaints from Bahrainis and foreigners, would be destroyed when the report is submitted.
As far reprt the general recommendations are concerned, the government claims that it has implemented the following recommendations:.
The Commission was tasked with investigating and reporting on the events that took place in Bahrain from Februaryand the consequences of those events. The commissioners do not seem to have been able to meet the prime minister during their investigations, although they met the king and the crown prince, and the day after the report was published, the prime minister made a high-profile visit to the interior minister bahrakn order to praise the actions of the security forces.
Amnesty International labelled the Commission as “a significant step forward but must lead to justice for the victims”. List of human rights organisations of national human rights institutions. The report criticized the security forces for many instances when “force and firearms were used in an excessive manner hici was, on many occasions, unnecessary, disproportionate, and indiscriminate;” and found that certain abuses, such as destruction of property, “could not have happened without the knowledge of higher echelons of the command structure.
Repor alleges that Bassiouni is “willing to espouse the view of the political establishment whilst paying lip-service to the concept of a fair and independent boci. Bahrain Center for Human Rights member Safaa Al-Khawaja said that the authorities in Bahrain are still using measures that hinder the real equality for the bzhrain of violations, which is contradictory to the principles of the transitional justice in the international bill.
Cherif Bassiouni speech on 23rd November. Sinceeveryone in Bahrain, whether young or old, knew who Mahmoud Cherif Bassiouni was. However, he did say in an interview with The Washington Times following the publication of the report that the top six officials at the Ministry of the Interior should be investigated.
We also hope these developments will be complemented by all sides participating in a successful and peaceful commencement of the National Dialogue.
Retrieved 1 July On 15 August a group of protestors stormed the BICI offices, having been angered by the inaccurate reporting of the supposed ‘conclusions’ reached by Bassiouni. King of Bahrain ‘not keeping promises'”. The following are the conclusions and observations of the report: Forecast updates Analysis Forecast Additional subscription required. In many of its findings, the BICI has directly countered the narrative put forward by the more hardline factions in the government, and by the state media, although it has striven to present different viewpoints and to evaluate different claims in a hotly contested arena.
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