Rights watchdog condemns naming terror suspects

March 1, 2013

A Bahraini rights watchdog has condemned the publication of the names and pictures of alleged terror suspects, saying that it violated the country’s constitution.

“We totally reject the publication in official and private media of the names and pictures of suspects in the terror cell case,” the National Institution for Human Rights (NIHR) said.

“All media should abide by the constitution of the Kingdom of Bahrain and Article 20c that stipulates that a suspect is innocent until charged by a court of law. They should also comply with Article 83 of Law By Decree 46/2002 on investigations,” the NIHR said in a statement published on its website.

The watchdog said that the decision to publish the names and photos was also against international covenants.

Bahrain on Tuesday said that it busted a 12-member terror cell masterminded by a member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard codenamed Abu Nasser.

Major General Tareq Al Hassan, the head of Public Security, said that the cell members, eight Bahrainis and four foreigners, were recruited by a Bahraini who collaborated with two Bahrainis living in the Iranian holy city of Qum.

The cell targets in Bahrain included attacks on civilian and military installations as well as public figures, taking pictures and collecting information about sensitive areas and sites, setting up armed groups to fight and attack security staff and mobilising people to join the groups.

The names and pictures of the member cell were printed by most of the local dailies.

The NIHR was founded in 2009 by a royal order and was re-launched in January under a new structure to give it more dynamics. Abdul Aziz Abdul, a former MP and a sitting member of the Shura Council, was last week elected the new head following the restructuring that slashed the number of its members from 20 to nine. Four of its members are women, including a Christian.




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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