Monday, May 23, 2005


"The Committee was concerned about the persistent gap between the legislative framework and its practical implementation with regard to the obligations of the Convention; the lack of a comprehensive definition of torture in the domestic law as set out in article 1 of the Convention; the large number of allegations of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment of detainees committed prior to 2001; the apparent failure to investigate promptly, impartially and fully the numerous allegations of torture and ill-treatment and to prosecute alleged offenders; the inadequate availability in practice of civil compensation for victims of torture prior to 2001; lack of access by independent monitors to visit and inspect places of detention without prior notice; and the rejection of the House of Deputies in March 2005 of the establishment of an independent National Human Rights Commission.

The Committee recommended, among other things, that Bahrain adopt in its domestic penal law a definition of torture in terms consistent with article 1 of the Convention; respect the absolute nature of article 3 in all circumstances and fully incorporate it into domestic law; consider steps to amend Decree 56 of 2002 to ensure there was no impunity to officials who had perpetrated or acquiesced in torture or other cruel and inhuman or degrading punishment; ensure that any measure taken to combat terrorism, including the draft law, be in accordance with Security Council resolutions; fully ensure the independence of the judiciary; and consider adopting a Family Code including measures to prevent and punish violence against women."

Posted by BB @ 5/23/2005 12:11:00 PM

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Congratulations to you and Chan'ad!

Insightful and sensible!

Posted by Blogger Evil Odd @ 5/23/2005 01:49:00 PM #

Your blog is taking shape. I blogged about it this morning and thought you needed to know.

I notice your blog and mine have the same problem: the sidebar drops all the way to the bottom. Yours is on the left, mine on the right. I have noticed the same thing at other sites, so it is must not a unique problem. I'm not swift with the HTML template, so I hope Blogger eventually repairs it. If you find a quick fix, post about it.

And congrats on your interview.

Posted by Blogger Hoots @ 5/23/2005 04:25:00 PM #

Thanks... the interview really was rushed...but it's ok..

Hoots...woohoooooo!! i've been analysed at last! :) thanks for the review... and more so for COMING OUT OF THE SHADOWS and commenting!

About the sidebar, you can adjust the sidebar/main body ratio in the template to give the sidebar more space and hence not get dragged to the bottom. I've been to lazy to do it myself, only because I stopped using Internet Explorer ages ago. This problem shouldn't happen on Mozilla Firefox. Try it!

Posted by Blogger Bahrania @ 5/23/2005 04:41:00 PM #

I wasn't being modest Bahrania.. just lazy! It was on my mental "to blog" list, but I just haven't got around to it. But thanks! I'll post it up soon prbly.

And wow that kid in the video has got crazy skills.

Posted by Blogger Chanad @ 5/23/2005 06:29:00 PM #

hehehe you have a mental "to blog" list too! :)

football is like ballet i tell ya... deep down inside and since I was very young I envied men for being able to grab a ball and bond on the pitch (hold on that didn't sound right)...

My bahraini girl friend just signed up to a professional women's football team...i'm so proud of her.. kitted out in full hijab too

Posted by Blogger Bahrania @ 5/23/2005 06:53:00 PM #

Who do you vote for if you love both? That's a big quandry! In any case, I wish you both extreme luck and hope that one of you wins the category. You deserve it.

Posted by Blogger Mahmood Al-Yousif @ 5/23/2005 07:39:00 PM #

Not at all M,

I think its an honour just to be nominated. If you want to think tactically then I would prefer if ALL supporters voted for Chan'ad as there are big contenders like Baghdad Burning who will win hands down :) see, i'm a realist too :)


Posted by Blogger Bahrania @ 5/23/2005 07:54:00 PM #

Just a quick comment on the United Nation's Committee Against Torture.

Bahrain's government has been receiving letters and recommendations from various bodies for years now (see ).

And of course, those letters land on someone's desk and then filed away in a dungeon somewhere.

The reality is that if impunity is removed from those torturers, then they will be open to investigation. To have a fair investigation Bahrain will need an independent judiciary system, and if that comes into place, then torturers will point the finger at whoever gave the orders. Whoever gave the orders will then get involved in the investigation, and the end of it all (if it gets to that) will require the government to spend a fair bit of money to compensate the victims and their families.

There are two points above - One, reputation. Two, money.

Whoever is up there doesn't want their reputation (or their ancestors') harmed. Therefore more delays and distractions (i.e a broken parliament) are presented to Bahraini people on a daily basis.

As for the money bit - an investigation that leads to "the government is and was at fault for more than 40 years" will require millions and millions of compensation. No one is willing to give up this much money.

Bahrain, sadly, is only one example of many countries that have committed atrocities and never recognized or apologised for them because of the fear of the unknown effects that will overtake the social structure of the country.

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