The following elements were largely credited for the improvement in relations at that time:-
Bahrain’s affirmation of its seriousness in honouring both Bassiouni’s and the Universal Periodic Review mechanism’s recommendations.
The renewal of the invitation to the International Rapporteur on torture to visit Bahrain. more
Conspiracy or Not, our Response should be to Reform the Internal Human Rights Situation
There are some politicians along with some sectors within the community who still share the belief that what is happening in Bahrain is nothing more than an international conspiracy involving other countries and some international human rights organizations. They view these organizations as mere pawns in the hands of international security agencies that use them to interfere in the State’s internal affairs, tarnish its image, tear apart its social fabric and even to topple the regime.
Part of the reason why such a conviction is so deeply entrenched is the double standard policy practiced by some western states. Alongside Bahrain, many countries exist with backward political systems, where the public don’t enjoy even a fraction of the freedom that is practiced in Bahrain, more
The Way to Securing the
|Hasan Moosa Shafaei|
Once again our hopes are raised, shared by the general public and others, whether countries, institutions or organisations who are genuinely keen on Bahrain’s stability and development. The feel good factor that a solution to the Bahraini crisis is within reach has been triggered by Crown Prince Sheikh Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa‘s latest serious engagement in the dialogue process, and by some leaked reports quoting numerous sources suggesting that a bargain for a solution is on the way.
This time around we hope that our wishes and prayers would be answered and that Bahrain would embark on a promising prospect of reform, change and stability. more
The creation of Human Rights Institutions is not particularly difficult. What is difficult is to be able to give these institutions essence and meaning to enable them to fulfil their aims and duties, and to persuade the public and the world at large to acknowledge their effectiveness.
Either as a result of international pressure or as a ploy to fool domestic public opinion, some countries went along with the idea of creating their own Human Rights’ institutions to avoid further pressure. They were not genuinely seeking to improve their human rights situation through the establishment of effective institutions, as they continued to pursue the same repressive policies, but this time under the guise of adhering to human rights requirements. However, in the final analysis, ineffective human rights institutions could represent a burden on any country on the moral, more
If We have Learned Our Lesson, We should Let Bygones be Bygones
When large crowds are engaged in some conflicts or disputes, not one particular group or person is to blame. In a civil strife no regime would be able to punish a large number of people. Therefore collective punishment is not the answer to the problem.
Loss of life and revenge will only inflame the situation and gaping wounds would remain for a long time. No solutions are left except to forgive everybody or limit the circle of punishment to those officials who have committed the atrocities.
All feuding parties in Bahrain have committed mistakes through words or actions, trespassed on a number of occasions, instilled hatred and violated human rights. If the law of the land is to be applied, thousands will end up imprisoned. Retrospective punishment is therefore unfeasible, at a time when Bahrain strives for a way out and aspires to a stable future. more
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