On 21 June, the US State Department submitted an extensive report reviewing implementation of the 26 recommendations of the 2011 Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry.
In its opening summary, the State Department said: “The Government of Bahrain has made progress towards implementing the reforms recommended by the BICI following the 2011 unrest. The Bahraini Government has rebuilt demolished religious structures; reinstated employees dismissed in 2011; investigated claims of torture, which led to convictions in numerous cases; and compensated families of victims of state violence. Police and security forces have undergone human rights training. However, more work needs to be done.”
Although the State Department recommends a number of additional measures to consolidate the achievements in implementing the BICI, the report demonstrates that at least 20 of the recommendations have been completed according to the criteria set out by the BICI. In several areas the Government has already gone beyond what was stipulated.
There were only three main areas where work is still ongoing to fully deliver on the BICI, as acknowledged by the Government itself: