Bahrain commission moves to reinstate students, private sector employees

December 22, 2011

A commission tasked with overseeing the implementations of a report by an international fact-finding commission said that it was working on the reinstatement of students and private sector employees.

“Serious steps will be taken soon to reinstate dismissed students and employees in the private sector,” said Ali Saleh Al Saleh, the head of the National Commission. “The Commission hopes that the private sector will respond to the directives to reinstate all dismissed workers to their original jobs.”

The National Commission was set up by King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa following a recommendation from the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) in its report published on November 23.

The BICI, set up by King Hamad in June, investigated the incidents that hit Bahrain in February and March and their consequences. After conducting thousands of interviews and making visits to detention centres, hospitals and several areas in Bahrain, it published a searing report that highlighted responsibilities in the incidents and offered several recommendations.

King Hamad and the government welcomed the report and its recommendations and called for their implementation.

The 19-member National Commission said that reinstating dismissed workers and suspended students and rebuilding places of worship brought down during the state of national safety topped its work agenda.

“The third meeting of the National Commission reviewed contacts and communications with the government to follow up its implementation of Recommendation 1723 associated with reinstating employees and workers dismissed from the public and private sectors as well as dismissed students, and reconstructing religious buildings,” officials said.

The government on Tuesday said that people dismissed from the public sector would be reinstated by January 1. However, cases transferred to the Attorney General will wait for a judiciary decision.

“Within this context, an agreement was reached whereby the government will provide the Commission with a complete list of the dismissed employees and those referred to the Attorney General, together with the type of violations leading to their dismissal and the reasons for their referral to the Attorney General,” the officials said.

In its statement, the government said that 180 people would be able to resume their work by January 2012.

The government has also launched “a number of positive steps taken towards the reconstruction of four religious facilities.”

The National Commission said that the relevant government agencies were addressed regarding the recommendation to address the Supreme Judiciary Council to issue instructions and procedural bylaws to allow visits by competent judges and public prosecutors to prisons and detention centers.

The recommendation also called for training the judiciary body and public prosecution officials “so that their positions would assist in preventing torture and abusive treatment, and put an end to any such practices.”

The government was requested to provide a special programme to start an extensive training programme on public order rules for the provision of audio and video recording for all official interviews with detainees.

The government should also prepare draft laws to amend the Code of Criminal Procedure and the law on the system of public security forces.

The Commission, now made up of Legislative Affairs, Legal Affairs and National Reconciliation task forces, said that work was under way on the introduction of legislation and drafting of amendments to some existing laws consistent with international standards.



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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