Bahrain: Report on adherence to human rights in terror suspect cases
The Bar Human Rights Committee ("BHRC") has today published a report on its findings following its latest mission to Bahrain in October 2010 to investigate reports of torture and human rights violations in terror suspect cases. The mission to Manama, Bahrain took place between 12 and 16 October 2010 and was undertaken by Pete Weatherby , Barrister at Garden Court North Chambers Manchester member of the BHRC, and Sally Longworth, Project Coordinator for the BHRC .
The BHRC's statement on the report is below:
The mission took place in the context of widespread concerns from international non-governmental organisations and the international media about human rights violations during the arrest and detention of dissidents and protestors, including torture and inhuman and degrading treatment. The purpose of the mission was to provide an independent view on the events reported, to assess their credibility and analyse the fact pattern against the previous matters identified by the BHRC.
The BHRC shares the concerns of other individuals and international bodies that the progress made by the Kingdom of Bahrain in the promotion and protection of human rights is being undone. The tense atmosphere in which the BHRCâs mission took place has affected all levels of the subsequent trial of the twenty five detainees and the serious failures to uphold the due process rights of the detainees at the early stages of investigation has resulted in irreparable damage to the subsequent trial. In light of these findings, the BHRC calls on the Government of Bahrain to conduct credible investigations into the allegation of human rights violations, including torture and mistreatment of detainees, immediately provide the detainees with full fair trial rights, and review terrorism legislation in accordance with internationally recognised standards.
A copy of the BHRC report can be downloaded below: