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Nov 25, 2011

Analysis: Bahrain digests inquiry as protests continue

DUBAI (Reuters) – A report that slammed Bahrain for using systematic torture to crush pro-democracy protests has put pressure on the U.S.-allied Gulf Arab state to take some steps toward political reform but the opposition doubt anything substantive is in the works.

The hardhitting findings of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI), headed by international rights lawyer Cherif Bassiouni, vindicated majority Shi’ites and opposition groups over claims of repression during martial law brought in after the government broke the protests up.

Nov 25, 2011

Bahrain to start new reform talks, minister says

MANAMA (Reuters)- Bahrain will start new talks on political reforms and overhaul its security policies but still blames Iran for fomenting civil unrest when protesters inspired by Arab Spring uprisings took to the streets this year, the foreign minister said on Friday.

Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa was talking after an inquiry into the unrest and the government crackdown to quell the protests came out with a hardhitting report this week that described systematic torture of detainees.

Nov 24, 2011

Buoyed by unrest report, Bahrainis confront police

MANAMA (Reuters) – Bahrainis, emboldened by a rights enquiry that found evidence of systematic abuse during the crushing of pro-democracy protests this year, clashed with police on Thursday after the funeral of a Shi’ite man who died a day earlier.

Some 10,000 people from the majority Shi’ite community in the Gulf Arab state took to the streets of the town of Aali, chanting slogans that were taken from the inquiry led by international rights lawyer Cherif Bassiouni.

Nov 23, 2011

Bahrain used “excessive force” in crackdown – inquiry

MANAMA (Reuters) – Bahrain’s security forces used excessive force to suppress pro-democracy protests earlier this year, torturing detainees to get confessions, an inquiry panel charged with investigating abuses said on Wednesday.

The government commissioned report, designed to help heal sectarian divisions between the island kingdom’s Sunni rulers and majority Shi’ites, acknowledged five people had been tortured to death but said abuses were isolated incidents.

Nov 23, 2011

“Excessive force” used in Bahrain crackdown – inquiry

MANAMA (Reuters) – Bahrain’s security forces used excessive force to suppress protests in the island kingdom earlier this year, including torture and forced confessions, an inquiry panel charged with investigating abuses said on Wednesday.

The panel, led by Egyptian-American international law expert Cherif Bassiouni, was formed and funded by Bahrain’s government five months ago in an attempt to address charges of human rights abuses during the crackdown.

Nov 23, 2011

Bahrain forces comb Shi’ite town before rights report

MANAMA (Reuters) – Bahraini security forces chased youths in a Shi’ite town Wednesday and one man was killed when his car was hit by a police vehicle, activists said, hours before the release of a report on the sectarian strife that has roiled the kingdom.

Witnesses said riot police in 4×4 vehicles sped through the streets of Aali, outside the capital Manama, in pursuit of dozens of teenagers, before seizing one and beating him with batons as helicopters circled overhead.

Nov 22, 2011

Bahrain c.bank sees inflation under control; banks stable

Manama, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Inflation in Bahrain is
under control and the kingdom’s banking system remains liquid
and stable, the Gulf Arab country’s central bank governor said
on Tuesday.

“Inflation in Bahrain is under control,” Rasheed al-Maraj
told reporters at an Islamic finance conference in Manama.

Nov 21, 2011

Bahrain admits “excessive force” before rights report

DUBAI, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Bahrain admitted on Monday
its forces had used excessive force and mistreated detainees
during pro-democracy protests, as it awaited the release of an
independent report expected to criticise the Gulf state’s
handling of the unrest.

“The government has carried out its own assessments and
conducted its own investigations. These investigations have
revealed things to praise as well as things to deplore,” said a
cabinet statement sent to Reuters in English.

Nov 21, 2011

Bahrain admits “excessive force” ahead of rights report

DUBAI, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Bahrain admitted on Monday
its forces had used excessive force and mistreated detainees
during democracy protests, as it awaited the release of an
independent report expected to be critical of the Gulf state’s
handling of the unrest.

“The government has carried out its own assessments and
conducted its own investigations. These investigations have
revealed things to praise as well as things to deplore,” said a
cabinet statement sent to Reuters in English.

Nov 14, 2011

Iran says Bahrain plot claim “baseless”

DUBAI/TEHRAN, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Iran denied on Monday
it had any link to an alleged plot to stage attacks in Bahrain
and a lawyer for two accused men said reports they had confessed
were not true.

Bahrain said last week Qatar had handed over four men who
Manama accuses of planning to attack the Interior Ministry, the
Saudi embassy and a causeway linking Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
It said a fifth was arrested in Bahrain.

    • About Andrew

      "I write on Iranian and Gulf Arab politics, based in Dubai. I was previously based in Riyadh, in charge of Reuters Saudi small but growing editorial operation, and before that was based in Egypt. I have also reported for Reuters from Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan, Israel and the Occupied Territories. I am the author of two books, "Popular Culture in the Arab World" and "What the Arabs Think of America", and read Arabic, Farsi and French."
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