in implementing the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry
In February 2011, the Arab Spring reached the island state of Bahrain, and the country saw unprecedented protests calling for democratic reforms. The protests were soon crushed in a violent military-backed security crackdown, leaving dozens of people dead and injured, and allegations that the government had engaged in widespread human rights abuses, including torture.
Responding to severe criticism in the international media, King Hamad of Bahrain appointed a commission (BICI) of international legal and human rights experts to investigate the unrest of February and March 2011 to ascertain what happened. In November, the commission released its report confirming that government personnel had carried out widespread human rights violations, including systematic torture, the demolition of Shia religious structures, and politically motivated mass sackings of employees from government-run and owned institution.
The BICI report also included a list of reforms that the King and government then vowed to implement. To much media fanfare, the government claims to have implemented most of these recommendations, in order to portray to the international community that it has made amends for the human rights abuses that were uncovered by the Commission. However the reality could not be further from the truth.
This website seeks to set the record straight on exactly how much progress the government has made in implementing the BICI recommendations.