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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On 7 September the BICI invited Dr Sondra Crosbyan expert on hunger strikes, to join its team in order to monitor those prisoners on hunger strike in the Kingdom.

Report – One Year Later: Assessing Bahrain’s Implementation of the BICI Report – POMED

The Commission was asked to explore the circumstances and appropriateness of arrests and detentions; to examine allegations of disappearances 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 religious structures; and nahrain describe the alleged involvement of foreign forces and actors.

Her appointment was instigated on “humanitarian grounds due to the deep concern of the BICI with the plight of the prisoners and detainees bahrainn are on hunger strike”.

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Cherif Bassiouni who has led United Nations investigations into alleged war crimes in Bosnia and Libya. Masoud Jahromi in Interview with Bahrain Mirror: Journalists seen as being close to the prime minister have also tended to criticise the report and to suggest that it was biased.

Market opportunities Business environment Additional subscription required. The report criticized the security forces for many instances when “force and firearms were used in an excessive manner that 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 blci structure. Arsanjani is a leading international lawyer.


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 repoort consultation process with various bodies, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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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 victims of violations, which is contradictory to the principles of the transitional justice in the international bill.

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. 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 “appointment of this international commission appears to represent nothing less than a sea change in Bahrain”.

Sinceeveryone in Bahrain, whether young or old, knew who Mahmoud Cherif Bassiouni was.

This is intended to address the problem of having radically different narratives of the same event from opposition groups and government supporters and could also provide some ideas for political reform in the future. Cherif Bassiouni speech on 23rd November. Commission bahraim also looked bajrain the demolition of Shia mosques and other religious structures, which the government claimed had been illegal buildings, and concluded that 30 had been demolished, including five that had all the necessary legal paperwork.

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Judge Philippe Kirsch is one of the foremost authorities on international Catherine AshtonHigh Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice Bhrain 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” [35]. However, only some of the sacked workers have been reinstated. Retrieved 1 July geport 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.


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. He said that the BICI needed more time to investigate the large numbers of reports that had been submitted.

I expect the independent commission to be in a position to carry out its work freely and thoroughly and I look forward to its final report due to be released at the end of October Following is the proof-read and edited version of the English text of the Report of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry.

Cherif Bassiouni Commission Chair. 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. Baheain to Article 9 of Royal Decree 28, the Commission’s final report should include the following:. Part of the Arab Spring.

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This page was last edited on 2 Septemberat Bahrain announced in a ceremony attended by senior family members and officials that it completed implementing the recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Commission replrt Inquiry BICI. Natural law Positive law Sovereignty Universal jurisdiction. The BICI found that the strikes—for which many workers have been sacked and some imprisoned—had been legal. Main Menu Bahrain Mirror.