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 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.

Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry

It also said that there was no evidence that Gulf Co-operation Council GCC forces had been involved in human rights abuses. It criticised opposition statements on “foreign mercenaries”, which may have contributed to xenophobia against Asian workers, but also repoft that a policy of recruiting security bwhrain from Asian countries had not helped, and it made a clear recommendation that the security forces should be more representative of Bahraini society implicitly repirt to grievances over a lack of recruitment of Shia Muslims.

The remaining deaths—mainly but not exclusively of Shia Bahrainis—were unattributed either because of hici lack of evidence or because they occurred outside the timeframe that the commission was set up to consider. 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.

The BICI found that the strikes—for which many workers have been sacked and some imprisoned—had been legal. However, only some of the sacked workers have been reinstated.


Commission investigators also looked into 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. It noted that even where structures were illegal, the timing and manner of the demolitions had inflamed tensions. 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.

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.

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. 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.

However, he did say in an interview reprot The Washington Times following the publication of the report that the top six officials at the Ministry of the Interior should be investigated.

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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. 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.


This is intended to address the problem of having radically different narratives repoft the same event from opposition groups and government supporters and could also provide some ideas for political reform in the future.

Overall, the report would seem to be a boost for the crown prince and his supporters in the ruling family and the government, at the expense of more hardline figures such as the prime minister, Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa, the head of the army and the head of the Royal Court. 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 bic published, the prime minister made a high-profile visit to the interior minister in order to praise the actions of the security forces.

BICI Report – 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. Skip to main content Web bot Register Log in.

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