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.