Quotations on Human Rights
The Crown Prince: I was affected by the Arab Spring
BNA, 30 November 2011
‘The Arab Spring which left its mark on many Arab countries also
affected our democratic path. The courageous decision of his Majesty
the King to establish the BICI has led to positive results. We hope
that mechanisms for the implementation of the recommendations will
be found in order for the Kingdom of Bahrain to overcome the crisis
that left negative impacts on its economy’.
The Foreign Minister: I was moved by the report
28 November 2011
‘The report is very important and comprehensive and discussed
many issues, and personally, I was moved by the report and obviously
not surprised by the issues that it covered because we were following
up the Commission and we knew who the commission met and what files
it was looking into. Although we knew the aspects of the report,
but the profound nature of the information was very touching. There
were many tragic things that we would never have imagined taking
place in Bahrain. Therefore, the responsibility that lies ahead,
based on the directions of his Majesty the King, is to implement
the recommendations of the report with all honesty. The report provided
us with good advice and will benefit from this.
As for the issue of reforming the Government apparatus which
the report has mentioned, we will perhaps be unable to do it ourselves
because we lack sufficient expertise. However, Bahrain has many
friends who can help us develop our government bodies. Human rights
should be respected and become part of any work of public servants.
In order to ensure that the violations do not re-occur, reforms
and monitoring are required. If we become certain of this, we will
be able to achieve big steps in human rights’.
Ministry of human rights: We are committed to the report
The Ministry for Human rights and Social Development issued a
statement regarding Bassiouni’s report, in which it said that the
report promotes reconciliation, respect of and protection for human
rights in the country. The Ministry believes that the BICI conducted
impartial investigations which allowed comprehensive analysis of
the events and greatly valued the professionalism of the BICI. It
also thanked the members of the BICI for their efforts in the investigation
of the events that took place in Bahrain. The Ministry stressed
its commitment to help re-establish trust between all the social
segments and build a strong human rights culture. It also hoped
that its cooperation with international partners is going to lead
to a reform process and prevent future violations.
Bahrain Report Presents an Opportunity for Reform
Thursday 24 November 2011 by Jane Kinninmont, Senior
Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme
There is now an opportunity for the Government to use this as
a springboard for reforms that are needed to restore its own legitimacy
with much of the population. The report could help to shift the
balance of power within the royal family away from the security
hardliners who have been growing in power since last September and
who gained significantly after the entry of GCC troops in March.
Much will depend on the actions taken in the coming days, both
by the Government (will there be releases of political prisoners?
A cabinet reshuffle? Moves towards greater political representation?)
and by the opposition (ideally, laying out an agenda for a genuine,
serious national dialogue, and providing the Government with incentives
for reform, rather than simply dismissing any hope of it)’.