Attack on Bahrain international investigation commission condemned

August 18, 2011

Al Wefaq Islamic Society has condemned the aggressions on an international commission probing human rights abuses allegations.

“We reject and condemn what happened at the investigation commission office,” Ali Salman, the secretary general of the political and religious society.

“It was a mistake and there is a need to respect the framework and regulations of the commission,” he said at a press conference.

The Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI), set up by King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa in June to investigate incidents and human rights abuses in Bahrain, shut its office on Monday evening after it was mobbed by protestors reportedly pressed to express their displeasure following reports that it had cleared the Bahraini authorities of perpetrating crimes against humanity.

“Hundreds of people forced their way into our office, having been angered over what they believed to be the commission Chair’s ‘conclusions’ on the investigation, and additionally having been directed by activists on Twitter and through mass texts to come to the office to report their complaints,” the BICI said.

According to the commission, there had been “misleading headlines in recent news articles claiming that it has determined that the government of Bahrain committed no crimes against humanity during the demonstrations that have occurred over the last several months.”

“The commission will not make a determination as to the extent of human rights abuses in Bahrain until its investigation is complete. However, despite the verbal and physical attacks, the BICI pledged not to bow to pressure tactics or allow itself to be used as a political tool by any group and vowed to continue its work.

“Though our office is temporarily closed, the work will continue. Our staff will continue its investigation and will issue a report with recommendations as scheduled, as per our mandate. We ask the people, organisations, institutions and government of Bahrain for their cooperation in making this investigation a fair and successful one,” the commission said in a statement.

It said that its members have visited prisons, hospitals and demonstration sites and stayed at the office until well past midnight in order to accommodate the high volume of interview requests, the statement said.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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