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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List of human rights organisations of national human rights institutions. 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.

Human rights in the Middle East. She obtained an LLB Individuals also continued to photograph and video record people in the office, despite advice from staff that such actions undermine the confidentiality and safety of the many witnesses and victims coming forward. The report is due within 45 days of passing. According to a statement released by the BICI on 15 August, individuals “yelled insults, posted threatening messages on the office walls, sent threats via text and email, and even physically shoved and spat at a member of staff”.

The delay was requested by Bassiouni in an audience with the king on 18 October. Credit risk Charts and tables Additional subscription required.

Bahraini Government claims that it implemented the 26 recommendations, but a number of states and organizations as well as the President of the Commission himself say otherwise. The BICI report gave a series of recommendations to the government of steps that it believed would improve accountability and bring government practice in line with international standards.

Skip to main content Web bot Register Log in. The following are the conclusions and observations of the report: According to Article 4 of Royal Decree 28, the Commission’s mandate is to “engage in fact finding”.

However, only some of the sacked workers have been reinstated. UK Foreign Secretary William Hague welcomed the report and urged “all opposition groups to act on the report’s recommendations, demonstrating their commitment to reconciliation and contributing to the process of renewal”. It also said that there was no evidence that Gulf Co-operation Council GCC forces had been involved in human rights abuses. Participating in HARDtalkRajab said the commission was not independent and that the king has failed to deliver its recommendations which he accepted.

Field’s Outcomes Book In many of its findings, the BICI has directly countered the bjci 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.


The barhain other members are Sir Nigel S. According to Article 9 of Royal Decree 28, the Commission’s final report should include the following:. Shouting in the Dark.

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This page was last edited on 2 Septemberat bahrani Cherif Bassiouni speech on 23rd November. Rajab 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 enquiry. Pages with URL errors. The composition and powers of the Bahraini parliament will remain unchanged during the forecast period.

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 al-Khalifa, saying that they were more reformist than other family members. It will determine its work on its own and without any interference by the government, which is prohibited from interfering in the Commission’s work. The Commission was asked to provide a complete narrative of the events and the context for these events; to describe any acts of violence that occurred, as well as the actors involved in such acts; and to investigate instances of alleged police brutality and violence by protestors and demonstrators against others.

In a further statement published on the BICI website on 15 August [25] the BICI reiterated that it had not come to any conclusions in its investigations and, as a result of “misleading headlines” and the misrepresentation of Bassiouni’s comments “by certain media outlets and activists”, will no longer be giving interviews to the media.

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 Commission will play an essential role in advancing reconciliation, justice, and peace in Bahrain. Cherif Bassiouni is one of the foremost authorities on international criminal, human Judge Philippe Kirsch Q. Cherif Bassiouni dated 9 August, [22] Nabeel Rajabpresident of the Bahraini non-profit organisation Bahrain Centre for Bahhrain Rightsexpressed “deep disappointment and regret” at comments made by Bassiouni in an interview with Reuters on 8 August Retrieved from ” https: There are no substantive changes to the report.

Malcolm Smart, Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa programme, said, “moreover, the terms of the King’s decree make clear that they will have the authority to carry out a full investigation” and added that bahrsin of this international commission appears boci represent nothing less than a sea change in Bahrain”.

One of the commissioners, Sir Nigel Rodley, told Bahrajn Times, a UK-based newspaper, that the commission had not had time to investigate official responsibility in detail. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon called “on the government to ensure the implementation bqhrain its recommendations as a meaningful step in addressing serious allegations of human rights violations”. The report also suggested that many of the problems Bahrain has experienced this year could have been avoided if the opposition had accepted the terms of the crown prince for a formal process of dialogue in March.


Bassiouni also stated that repprt physical documents, including statements and complaints from Bahrainis and foreigners, would be destroyed when the report is submitted.

The report also provided a detailed study of the sackings of workers bshrain 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.

While expressing its appreciation for the cooperation of government agencies, Bassiouni also noted that the BICI still needed some information from certain government ministries. The commission released a page report 23 Novemberwhich took 9, testimonies, offered an extensive chronology of events, documented 46 deaths, allegations of hici, and more than 4, cases of employees dismissed for participating in protests.

As far as the general recommendations are concerned, the government claims that it has implemented the following recommendations:.

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Book Category Asia portal. The report confirmed the Bahraini government’s use of systematic torture and other forms of physical and psychological abuse on detainees, as well as other human rights violations.

The report lays out a detailed narrative of the protests and the various attempts at dialogue that took place in February and March, including a range of different proposals for political reform by the key actors. 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.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Featured analysis Israel and some Gulf Arab states see common security and geostrategic interests, as well as commercial potential. 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 in order to praise the actions of the security forces.

Arsanjani is a leading international lawyer. King of Bahrain ‘not keeping promises'”. 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.