Report exposes systematic abuse
A 500 page report by an international group of observers, led by human rights lawyer Cherif Bassiouni, has found the widespread use of systematic abuses of pro-democracy protesters in this year’s uprising.
The Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI), which was commissioned by King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, exposed abuses committed by the national intelligence agency and interior ministry. The reported abuses included torture, beatings, electrocution and threats of rape during the period from 14th February to 15th April. At least five of the reported 45 deaths are believed to have been the result of torture.
The King has said that the government would hold accountable all those found guilty of the crimes and that they would be replaced. The King also pledged to implement reforms in an attempt to create an environment of reconciliation.
Some protesters have said that the report did not go far enough in exposing who sanctioned the abuses and questioned how much of the report’s recommendations would be implemented.