This report embodies, together with the Report of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI), our nation’s efforts to ensure that the events of 2011 will never be repeated again. In the pages that follow, the reader will see that in less than a 100 days this Commission has worked hard with the Government to reform the justice, human rights, policing, security services and media sectors in a way that accords with best international practice. At this stage, and in light of the recommendations at hand, we have laid the foundations to move forward, taking into account the prerequisites for the implementation of the recommendations, as will be detailed in this report. While some recommendations necessitated specific and clear procedures which can be implemented directly by administrative or legislative measures, or by the judicial authority, other recommendations dictated structural changes in the institution concerned, or the building of capacities and competencies through training or rehabilitation.
There are also recommendations which require changes in cultures and the development of programs and strategies, and would take some time before their effects are actually felt.
We have focused throughout the term of the Commission on ensuring that action taken to date is sufficient to put the required reforms on track and in the right direction, commensurate with the recommendations. We therefore must ensure that the momentum of the last 100 days will continue in the months and years to come as we see the fruits of all the work that has been done so far to implement the recommendations of the BICI Report.
Last but not least, the Commission worked hard to reflect optimal international standards and practices in its work. The Commission now hopes that it has performed its duty well in an independent manner that serves its national obligation.
The stage has been set, and we invite everyone to unite in the goal of restoring our small nation to its rightful place at the forefront of social, economic and political development in the region.