April 17th, 2012
04:28 AM ET

Amnesty report: Bahrain reforms are 'flawed,' 'inadequate'

Human rights reforms in Bahrain are inadequate and have failed to provide justice for victims in the aftermath of last year's government crackdown on opposition protesters, Amnesty International said in a report Tuesday.

"The authorities are trying to portray the country as being on the road to reform, but we continue to receive reports of torture and use of unnecessary and excessive force against protests," said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, the group's Middle East and North Africa deputy director. "Their reforms have only scratched the surface."

Bahrain's Independent Commission of Inquiry issued a report in November that was highly critical of the authorities' reaction to the protests, which began in February 2011, spurred by uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.

The demonstrations failed to gain the traction of other Arab Spring uprisings following a crackdown by the authorities in the island state, backed by troops from nearby Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.


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  1. citizen

    Proud home of the US 5th fleet. Sorry folks. Democracy is not an option for Bahrain.

    April 17, 2012 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. fernace

    It's an option for any nations people who want it bad enough! 1 thing Bahrains government can do is release human rights activist Abdulhadi al-Kawaja, if he hasn't passed away from his hunger strike! They can also drop charges against his daughter for trying to see him! AI should stay on this issue & not let Bahrain authorities slide!!

    April 17, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. Hussein Abdullah

    Almost all of the worst alleged abuses cited by Amnesty relate back to the first half of 2011, when civil order came close to collapsing altogether and Bahrainis feared civil war; and of course before the King requested assistance from the Independent Commission of Inquiry. Many changes have taken place since then including the transfer of all access to civilian justice, noting that the BICI recommendations do not explicitly call for the immediate and unconditional release of all protesters who did not use or advocate violence.

    April 17, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |