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Foreign Secretary calls on the Government of Bahrain to implement Commission of Inquiry's recommendations

Foreign Secretary calls on the Government of Bahrain to implement Commission of Inquiry's recommendations | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Foreign Secretary William Hague has called on the Government of Bahrain to implement recommendations from an independent report which contains ‘worrying findings’.
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Bahrain: Report Confirms Punitive Campaign Against Protesters | Human Rights Watch

Bahrain: Report Confirms Punitive Campaign Against Protesters | Human Rights Watch | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
(Manama) – The report of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry released on November 23, 2011, confirms the systematic and egregious rights violations by the Bahraini government in suppressing pro-democracy protests earlier this year, Human...
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رجال الأمن يخربون الممتلكات الشخصية للمواطنين

البحرين سترة واديان : هؤلاء هم رجال الإجرام و ليس الأمن المعتدين على ممتلكات المواطنين و هؤلاء هم القتلة المرتزقة الذين يعيثون الفساد في البحرين...

 

Is this the implementation of the BICI recommendations by the regime?

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Excerpts: Bahrain Commission of Inquiry

Excerpts from an independent commission of inquiry into the handling of anti-government protests in Bahrain in early 2011.
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The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب: Bahrain royal commission

The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب: Bahrain royal commission | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

More Khalifa treachery and lies. . . . .BICI!

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Bahrain commission issues brutal critique of Arab Spring crackdown

Bahrain commission issues brutal critique of Arab Spring crackdown | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Drawing on 9,000 testimonies, the 500-page report offers an extensive chronology of events, documenting 46 deaths, 559 allegations of torture, and more than 4,000 cases of employees in both the public and private sector being dismissed for participating in protests. It also 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.”

For example, hooded men systematically broke into suspects’ houses between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m., "terrorizing" the inhabitants, the report says.

Torture is also documented explicitly. Cases of electrocution, stress positions, hanging, beating detainees of the soles of their feet, and verbal abuse were among the violations cited.

Notably, it found that certain abuses, such as destruction of property, "could not have happened without the knowledge of higher echelons of the command structure" – an indication that abuses were systemic.

Bassiouni blamed the Sunni government's crackdown – which has included such tactics as night raids and the dismantling of religious structures – for exacerbating sectarian tensions in the Shiite-majority country. The report also discredited the government's arguments that the unrest had been stirred by Shiite Iran.

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US demands accountability in Bahrain

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The United States Wednesday called on Bahrain to punish those guilty of human rights abuses in anti-government violence this year, and said it would closely follow its ally's actions.
The statement followed the publication of a special independent commission report in Bahrain that found police used "excessive force" and tortured detainees in a crackdown on the Shiite-led democracy protests in March.

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Bahrain inquiry accuses security forces of brutality and torture

Bahrain inquiry accuses security forces of brutality and torture | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
King accepts inquiry's findings blaming Bahrain security forces for excessive force during crackdown on Pearl revolution...

 

The 'king' is responsible for all actions of the SF's and GCC forces.  Any criminalities committed by lesser functionaries is a direct result of the decisions of the ruling Al-Khalifas.  This must be brought before the ICC!  Criminal charges must be leveled from the ICC against the Al-Khalifa monsters who are directly responsible for all torture, crimes against humanity, and other human rights violations!

 

"If the government thinks a fancy party, and a glossy report will end the uprising, they are sadly mistaken. The struggle for democracy will continue."

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Amnesty: Bahrain Report Chance to “Deliver Justice” | Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED)

Amnesty: Bahrain Report Chance to “Deliver Justice” | Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
In anticipation of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) report, Amnesty International called the report an opportunity for the government...
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Foreign Policy Leaders Urge Clinton to Push Bahrain Reforms | (POMED)

Foreign Policy Leaders Urge Clinton to Push Bahrain Reforms | (POMED) | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

In anticipation of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry's (BICI) report on November 23, a bipartisan group of individuals and leading human rights organizations working on U.S. foreign policy and Middle East affairs sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to express its concern regarding ongoing developments in Bahrain. The letter reads, “We are hopeful the BICI report will thoroughly document human rights violations committed in Bahrain that have been independently verified by international human rights organizations [...] Furthermore, we hope the implementation of reform and accountability mechanisms for human rights violations will lead to a process of substantive political reform that is responsive to the legitimate democratic aspirations of the Bahraini people.”

The group also enumerates suggestions for U.S. action, including urging the Government of Bahrain to “unconditionally release political prisoners and end torture, arbitrary detention, and incommunicado detention; protect Shi’a places of worship and religious buildings, rebuild destroyed mosques, and end systematic discrimination in political representation, government recruitment, employment, and naturalization policies; investigate and hold accountable all individuals who authorized, condoned, or committed human rights abuses, including the use of violence or torture against peaceful protesters and detainees.” 

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Riot Report Will Force Bahrain to Choose a Direction

The Bahrain government needs to act speedily on the findings of the inquiry into this year's troubles to avoid even bigger problems.
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Audit Finds Inadequate Monitoring Of US Arms Sales

Audit Finds Inadequate Monitoring Of US Arms Sales | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A U.S. government audit on Friday found inadequate monitoring of American weapons sales to Persian Gulf countries with questionable human rights records or recent clashes with protesters.

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Bassioni drowns in bahrain: Bahrain mirror reveals how intelligence penterated his committee, women, drinks and deals

Bassioni drowns in bahrain: Bahrain mirror reveals how intelligence penterated his committee, women, drinks and deals | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
موقع مرآة البحرين...

 

Bassiouni & BICI may be bought-off..........

 

 

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JURIST - Paper Chase: Bahrain government committed human rights violations according to independent commission report

JURIST - Paper Chase: Bahrain government committed human rights violations according to independent commission report | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
JURIST - Paper Chase: Bahrain government committed human rights violations according to independent commission report...

 

BICI maintains that the government is accountable for the conduct of its security:

 

Therefore;  Down, down Hamad!

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Buoyed by unrest report, Bahrainis confront police

Buoyed by unrest report, Bahrainis confront police | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
MANAMA (Reuters) - Bahrainis, emboldened by a rights enquiry that found evidence of systematic abuse during the crushing of pro-democracy protests this year, clashed with police on Thursday after the funeral...
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Bahrain: Protests Flare Up Ahead Of Release Of Report, Police Fires Tear Gas

Bahrain: Protests Flare Up Ahead Of Release Of Report, Police Fires Tear Gas | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

MANAMA, Bahrain — Bassiouni's summary read like a checklist of complaints by rights groups since February: Middle-of-the-night raids to "create fear," purges from workplaces and universities, jail house abuses including electric shocks and beatings and destruction of Shiite mosques that "gave the impression of collective punishment."

At least 35 people have been killed in violence related to the uprising, including several members of the security forces.

It appeared unlikely that even the strong criticism would satisfy opposition forces, who accused the Sunni monarchy of using all methods at its disposal to avoid sharing power with the nation's Shiite majority. Just hours before the long-awaited report was released, security forces used tear gas and stun grenades in the latest of nearly daily clashes on the strategic island, home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.

"What is really needed is to hold the perpetrators responsible and bring them to justice," said Khalil al-Marzooq, a senior official with the biggest Shiite opposition party, Al Wefaq, which pulled out of parliament this spring to protest the harsh tactics against protesters.

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BICI report and the 'king's' response

Since the 'king' in Bahrain says responsible persons for the systematic tortures and Human Rights violations will be prosecuted and replaced,  this question naturally arises:

 

When is he abdicating the throne, and when is he turning himself over to the ICC for prosecution?

 

Yasqot Hamad!  Yasqot Hamad!  Yasqot Hamad! 

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Bahrain police condemned over human rights abuses - CNN.com

Bahrain police condemned over human rights abuses - CNN.com | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Police used excessive force and torture against civilians arrested during protests in Bahrain earlier this year, an independent commission found Wednesday. ....

British Foreign Secretary William Hague welcomed the report but described its findings as "deeply worrying, in particular the use of systematic torture and excessive force against detainees."
He urged Bahrain's government to act swiftly to implement its recommendations and said the world would be watching "to ensure that it acts decisively in the coming days and weeks to address the serious abuses identified."
The United States-based Physicians for Human Rights called on the Bahraini government to make "substantive and irreversible human rights improvements" in the wake of the commission's findings.
Deputy director Richard Sollom said: "So far, the government appears to be saying the right things, but words are not enough. To demonstrate a real commitment to reform, the government must now make meaningful and measurable changes."

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Bahrain: Critical report should spur human rights 'turning point' | Amnesty International

Bahrain: Critical report should spur human rights 'turning point' | Amnesty International | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The BICI report's recommendations must be used to lay the foundations of far-reaching rights reform in Bahrain.
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Al Jazeera speaks to President of Bahrain Centre for Human Rights about BICI report

Al Jazeera speaks to Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights.

In comments to Al Jazeera, Rajab said violence is continuing in Bahrain and that the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) report is unlikely to cause a drastic shift in the Gulf kingdom's handling of on-going protests.

Rajab also went on to say that the abuse against protesters being investigated was likely dictated from top ministries and not just a few policemen.

 

SYSTEMATIC ABUSE INSTIGATED FROM THE HIGHEST LEVELS WITHIN THE CRIMINAL AL-KHALIFA REGIME!  SECTARIAN GENOCIDE!

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Bahrain braces for official rights report - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Bahrain braces for official rights report - Middle East - Al Jazeera English | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The official commission studying alleged human rights abuses in Bahrain will release its findings this week, a move which anti-government activists say will likely spark more unrest in the already-tense island kingdom.

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The commission's final report, originally scheduled for release in late October, will be published on Wednesday, 11/23/2011.

Opposition leaders have already called for large demonstrations to coincide with the release. Many Bahrainis are sceptical that the report will be fair, partly because of statements made by Cherif Bassiouni, the Egyptian judge who chairs the commission.

His most controversial statement came in August, when he told reporters that there was no evidence of routine torture in Bahrain. He backtracked earlier this month, when he told the Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Youm that the commission had uncovered 300 cases of torture, and described it as a "systematic policy"

[Irregardless of Bassiouni and BICI, the World KNOWS of the Al-Khalifas atrocities, tortures, murders, illegal detentions, sacrileges, and un-constitutional power grabs!]

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Bahrain Nervously Awaits Report on Revolt

Bahrain Nervously Awaits Report on Revolt | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahrain’s king asked for an investigation of the country’s protests and crackdown, a complicated task with the goal of promoting healing and charting a way forward.

 

1 scenario:  BICI announces in favor of the regime, no systematic persecution.  The protesters KNOW this is false and are outraged at the sham, the lie, the injustice.  Bahrain boils over at the Khalifa criminals...

 

2nd scenario: BICI announces in favor of the Democracy reformers, there has been systematic persecution.  The protesters feel vindicated and experience righteous indignation at the perpetrating regime.   Bahrain boils over at the Khalifa criminals...

 

Hard road for the Khalifas either way!  I'm not sure there is a middle path here .....

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Bahrain Interview: Former MP Matar Ibrahim Matar on His Detention and The Country's Future

Bahrain Interview: Former MP Matar Ibrahim Matar on His Detention and The Country's Future | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

What do you think will be the impact of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) report release on 30 October [now delayed to 23 November? Does anyone still have faith in the commission?

Maybe the report will not cover everything and will not reach the root of the conflict. The regime had the BICI come in to investigate in order to protect themselves and stay in power. Cherif Bassiouni is a professional; his resume is 65 pages long! (Cherif Bassiouni is an International UN war crime expert heading the human rights investigation in Bahrain). He is a good person but he is conflating the humanitarian role with the human rights role. He has done a lot to get people released from prison. I was one of those people he helped. On the other hand, it is just a temporary fix for many. For example, he did not succeed in securing the release of Jalila Salman, Vice President of the Teachers Society. Bassiouni has focused a lot on humanitarian issues, such as advocating for the release of political prisoners, but he has not focused on fact-finding or building a case against the government. He is acting as a mediator between the government and the people and this is a political role. He is mixing his roles and I think this will affect the outcome of the report. I will be happy if he succeeds in being both a mediator and a prosecutor of the regime.

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Royal Fact Finding Commission: Five Fatal Breaches of the Standards of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

BICI IS FLAWED!

 

Bahrain Mirror (Exclusive): Bahrain Mirror observed that the Royal Commission for Inquiry had committed five fatal breaches of the standards of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Bahrain Mirror monitored those violations through the preliminary assessment of the establishment and the works and practices of the Commission. It sought the help of the Human Rights organizations and prominent Human Rights figures. The breaches included the following:
1. The Commission was established by an individual will not by the principle of national consultation

2. The mistakes in selecting the members of the Commission
3. Marginalization of the role of the national non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
4. Circumventing the role of the United Nations and other international actors
5. The mistakes in the practice, professionalism and neutrality

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