Date: Thursday 22nd November
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It has been one year since the Bahraini Independent Commission of Inquiry report but there is still no change in the situation. Activists are still being imprisoned, targeted and tortured.
IHRC is organising a press conference that will bring together key human rights and activist groups that oppose the actions of the Bahraini regime and want to highlight the repression that still continues despite the rhetoric that the regime has come out with.
At the time of the findings of the report the King of Bahrain said, “Your Report provides an historic opportunity for Bahrain to deal with matters that are both serious and urgent. Officials who have not been up to their task must be held accountable, and be replaced. Above all, we must conceive and implement reforms that satisfy all segments of our population. That is the only way to achieve reconciliation, to heal the fractures in our society.”
Despite the words of the King, there has been very little change. This month saw 30 Bahrainis stripped of their nationalities for opposing the actions of the regime; silencing opposition voices is not the way to bring about reform.
Chair of IHRC, Massoud Shadjareh said, “The situation in Bahrain cannot continue, the international community has to stop supporting a regime that oppresses its own people but promises false hopes of reform. One year on the oppression has continued and there has been no reform, instead there has been a PR campaign to whitewash the image of the regime.”
IHRC will discuss the failures of the Bahraini regime at the Press conference chaired by Lord Nazir Ahmed.
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The event is supported by Ali Alaswad – Resigned MP from Bahrain’s largest opposition party, Al Wefaq and Dr. Saeed Shehabi
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