Recommendation 1723 (d)

To follow up on the statement by HM King Hamad to the effect that the GoB will consider rebuilding, at its expense, some of the demolished religious structures in accordance with administrative regulations. The Commission welcomes the GoB addressing this question at the earliest possible time.

Status

The government promised on 12 January to rebuild 12 of the at least 39 demolished mosques. On 14 March, the government claimed that construction was underway at 5 sites: 3 in Hamad Town, one in Sadad, and one in Zayed Town. The government released photos of the construction sites to back up their claims. Tangible progress is visible at three out of the five sites. In one other case, residents are complaining that the government is planning to rebuild a mosque on a different plot of land than its original location. The new plot is smaller and in a more isolated area.

Meanwhile, citizens rebuilding their own mosques are making concrete progress in several locations.

مسجد الإمام الحسن (Nuwaidrat)

Residents completed rebuilding this demolished mosque on 7 April 2012. This photo montage shows scenes from throughout the construction.

مسجد الصحابي سلمان (Nuwaidrat)

This mosque is also known as مسجد سلمان الفارسي. There are photos available from 7 April that show rapid progress. Another photo is available from 11 April that appears to show the mosque almost completely rebuilt.

مسجد الامام المهدي (Maqaba)

The video below shows residents in Maqaba rebuilding the demolished mosque on 9 January:

Video footage from 25 February of the exact same location shows residents again rebuilding the mosque, but little or none of the progress from 9 January is visible, suggesting authorities may have demolished that construction. Video and pictures are also available from 3 March 2012.

مسجد عين رستان (A'ali)

Residents installed a makeshift structure on 14 December, which was destroyed by police on 17 December. Cinderblock construction seems to have begun on 21 January. Photos are also available from 11 February, 2 March, 3 March, 9 March, and 10 March. A photo circulated on Twitter on 2 March claims to show an expatriate donating to help finance the reconstruction of the mosque. Residents continued construction on 16 March, and 7 April.

مسجد أمير محمد البربغي (A'ali)

Cinderblock construction seems to have begun on 3 February. Al Wasat reported that the mosque was vandalized by unknowns on 17 March. Pictures were posted showing the vandalism (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14). Later the same day, residents resumed construction. A photo from 10 April shows little to no progress since 17 March.

مسجد الإمام الصادق (Salmabad)

Residents seem to have started rebuilding on 3 February. Photos and videos are available from 4 February, 5 February, 6 February, 7 February, and 8 February. Residents can be seen praying in the partially-reconstructed mosque on 18 February. The Central Governorate served the mosque with a violation on 8 March, demanding the immediate removal of the residents' construction. On 10 March, residents can again be seen praying in the mosque. Amateur video on 11 March appears to show police removing a sign from the mosque. Since then, construction appears to have halted, although the partially-rebuilt mosque still stands as of 7 April.

Other mosques

Construction in Hamad Town was reportedly demolished by authorities.

Government Claim

(source: www.govactions.bh on 3/3/2012)

As the Report recorded, a committee has been formed to review the question of reconstruction of religious places (paragraph 1681).

On 12 January 2012, the government announced that 12 mosques would be rebuilt. Construction work had already begun on five which had both a Royal decree and a building permit. Construction on the remaining seven will begin very shortly.

Recommendation 1723 (d)
Rebuild some of the demolished religious structures
Status: Inaction
Government claim: In Progress

Summary:

  • Inaction The government is rebuilding 5 of the 39 demolished mosques; tangible progress visible at 3 sites
  • Inaction In at least one case, the government is planning to rebuild a smaller mosque in an isolated area
  • Background Residents in several areas are rebuilding their own mosques. In a few cases, the government has destroyed or tired to impede the new construction