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Stalemate in Bahrain (statement from government)

December 29th, 2012
06:04 AM ET

The Amanpour program recently covered the ongoing stalemate in Bahrain between the constitutional monarchy government and protesters (click here to watch the complete program). We repeatedly invited Bahraini government officials onto the program, with little success so far. We did receive an email statement from the Bahraini ambassador to the United States, Houda Ezra Nonoo:

The Kingdom of Bahrain has enacted many significant initiatives and reforms in the year since the BICI report was issued. These measures are aimed at improving government accountability; establishing independent offices to safeguard human rights and investigate and prosecute cases of alleged police mistreatment; the reinstatement of workers; the implementation of new training programs for police and security officials; improving transparency in law enforcement and the courts and prioritizing social and economic reconciliation, among others.

This progress was initiated in response to the recommendations in the BICI report and as a result of the government’s determination to continue ongoing reforms that began over 10 years.

These many reforms were undertaken by the Government of Bahrain despite the opposition’s refusal to discuss, collaborate, participate or contribute to the resolutions of the most important issues of our time.

The opposition is not interested in a dialog. They have refused to participate in discussions about reforms despite repeated invitations. Members of Parliament who disagreed with the government have resigned rather than worked for change.

The nightly demonstrations in the street have become violent affairs, more like riots than peaceful protests. There has been unnecessary loss of life and property because of this violence. This violence has adversely affected lives of security forces and citizens, public and private property, as well as the progress of reform and reconciliation.

Ongoing reforms by the Government of Bahrain stem out of our commitment to consolidate the rule of law and reinforce human rights.

Filed under:  Bahrain
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. fatmeh

    Go to hell Al khalifa.

    December 29, 2012 at 7:23 am | Reply
  2. Sajid

    Go to hell Al Khalifa and thier US bakers.

    December 29, 2012 at 11:15 am | Reply
  3. Curious

    Would you say so about Al Asad too, fatmeh? He makes Al Khlifa look so nice, humane, and civilized.
    If you're opposed to autocracy, then I assume you also condemn the system in Iran, right?

    December 29, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Reply
    • sara

      ALL criminals have to be dealt with, How much Al khalifa paying you to post here?

      December 30, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Reply
  4. FMB

    Thank you for speaking the truth, Mrs. Nono

    December 29, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Reply
  5. fatmeh

    Al khalifa thugs have killed hunderds of innocent people all because they were protesting. still killing and torturing people. The media is not covering bahrain's revolution and we all know why. Shame on you for suggesting al khalifa thugs are humane just because they have western allies and backings that ignore all these human right abuses. The truth will come out and they will be exposed for their dorsnt matter how much money they spent on PR to try to hide the truth and their atrocious acts aganist the majority in Bahrain

    December 29, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Reply
  6. naador

    1) Mr. Basuini himself said that his recommendations have not been implemented. So, which reforms exactly are you talking about? 2) How could you have any kind of meaningful dialog when the opposition leaders are in Jail and some of them serving life sentences? 3) Uncontrollable riots by the youth are the only logical outcome when you have their leaders who can control them in Jail. Come on, Mrs. Noonoo, I am getting bored with the same old canned statement I have been hearing for a year now. Can we get at least more creative about these statements to make it sound more interesting? I was hoping that you would be a bit more creative with your statements considering the time you have spent sitting at your desk in your computer shop on exhibition road! So, please allow me to give you a hint: Using the same statements again and again and again is shear evidence that nothing has changed..wink...wink.

    December 30, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Reply
    • sara

      Al khalifa regime has good PR people working day and night. Sad USA is supporting these thugs.

      December 30, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Reply
  7. sara

    Hell is waiting for Al khalifa.

    December 30, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Reply
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