BICI Hold Public Event at Bahrain National Museum
The Bahrain Independent Commission held a public meeting at the Bahrain National Museum on 24th July, attended by members of Bahrain’s political and civic societies in addition to representatives of NGOs, detainees and the expatriate community. After a brief introduction by Prof Cherif Bassiouni, the Commission Chairman, the Commissioners proceeded to answer questions from the audience. Methods of communication were clearly outlined and participants encouraged to contact the Commission through the website for appointments and enquiries. Different concerns were aired about the methods of investigation, confidentiality, mandate and possible results of the report.
The Commissioners reassured participants of the expertise of the investigative team involved and relayed some of their international experience. Prof Bassiouni also explained that the identities of individual testimonies would not be revealed and that security measures had been taken to ensure confidentiality and secrecy. Moreover, it was reiterated that all human rights violations would be examined and that the final report would make recommendations to HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. The report will be made public at the same time.