Crowdsourcing BICI’s report

23 Nov, '11

Commission's Chair Professor Mahmood Sharif Bassiouni

Overall, from the various tweets I’ve seen and the snippets I’ve already read from the report, there are inconsistencies in incidents I attended personally but notwithstanding that, I believe – so far – that it’s balanced enough and can serve as a catalyst for real change in this country if it is adopted immediately and transparently. Heads MUST roll, the first of which is the Minister of the Interior for him and his ministry botching the whole affair and holding the country in terror for all this time. As the cabinet did not take any meaningful action, I believe they should do the honorable thing and summarily resign. If they don’t the king should fire them all without delay.

Thank you Professor Bassiouni and the other commissioners for taking our affairs seriously.

Now with 501 pages, the BICI Report takes a lot of reading. I propose that we start posting interesting snippets or facts drawn from it here to create our own executive summary. Click here to download it, read it and I look forward to your comments.

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  1. I’m reading through the report right now.

    I’m impressed with the detail and the professional methodology. And I’m also seeing things that I never thought would see the light of day, specifically internal workings of decision-makers.

    But what I’m really surprised by is the section regarding Royal Decree No. 18 (2011). I don’t see how the confusion between the State of National Safety and Code of Criminal Procedure should result in taking a mode of operation that was harder than both sets of rules called for.

  2. milter says:

    Congratulations, Bahrain!

    Every single citizen of Bahrain should feel proud at this moment. As far as I know this is the first time any regime in The Middle East has dared initiate and publish a report of this kind, and it shows the future can be met with a bit more optimism than many could hope for.

    I am surprised to see the meager responses here to its publication, but, on the other hand, maybe this just indicates that nobody can critisize any of the findings without fear of pointing a finger at themselves. I mean, how can anybody applaud parts that support their own cause, and at the same time ignore or discredit parts that point a finger at their own side?

    The keyword is “compromise” and that word,unfortunately, is either not being used or has to be looked up in a dictionary by people that use religion as their only guideline in political matters.

  3. Wayne Job says:

    Mahmood,
    Hopefully this the beginning of a start that will see a real future with equality and freedom of expression such that your country may become a beacon to be emulated by those countries around yours. Keep up the good fight.

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