A local saying immediately popped into my mind as I read these words in today’s Al-Wasat:
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and represented in this official statement from USCIRF:
Soon after the release of the BICI report, King Hamad al-Khalifa appointed a committee to review how to implement the reportâ€™s recommendations. The committee is expected to report back to the King in February.
USCIRF urges the committee to address the following concerns during its review of the BICIâ€™s recommendations:
- The report recommends the government of Bahrain should â€œconsider rebuilding, at its expense, some of the demolished religious structures in accordance with administrative regulations.â€ USCIRF is concerned that the government may rebuild only a few of the religious structures with legal permits and decrees, and not many of the other structures. In consultation with the Shiâ€™a community, the government of Bahrain should restore or rebuild all the structures that were illegally destroyed;
- The report does not address the loss and destruction of religious materials in some of the demolished structures. The Bahraini government should restore, replace, or compensate the local Shiâ€™a community for the loss of these materials;
- The reportâ€™s findings do not address allegations by multiple human rights groups that some individual members of the Shiâ€™a community were harassed, interrogated, and arrested for returning to some of the destroyed sites to pray or retrieve religious materials. These allegations should be addressed and officials responsible should be reprimanded and held to account;
- Any Bahraini government officials found to have committed severe religious freedom abuses should be brought to justice and punished under the law; and
- The Bahraini government should issue a formal apology to the Shiâ€™a community for destroying dozens of religious structures that the BICI found clearly violates Bahraini and international law.
â€œUSCIRF welcomes the Kingâ€™s decision to establish the BICI, as well as his public announcement that the government intends to rebuild Shiâ€™a places of worship. It is important that these structures be rebuilt in close consultation with the local Shiâ€™a community and not unilaterally,â€ said Leo.
The emphasis is mine and the cause of my raised eyebrows and that idiom popping into my mind. To represent it fully, the idiom goes:
Wait oh Saar fire for water from Hnainia
Saar being a village in the north of the island while Hnainia is in the south. We use that expression to represent the improbability (or even impossibility) of an event ever happening…