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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Implementation of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry Report

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 1:00pm
Room 2237 of the Rayburn House Office Building


In November 2011, the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI), established by the King of Bahrain and headed by Cherif Bassiouni, reported that Bahraini security forces systematically used excessive force, torture and forced confessions during a crackdown on demonstrations last year. The BICI also recommended an array of reforms designed to improve human rights protections, which the Bahraini government pledged to implement. This hearing will examine the extent to which the Bahraini government has implemented the BICI proposals.

If you have any questions, please contact the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission at 202-225-3599 or

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern, Member of Congress and Co-Chair, TLHRC
Frank R. Wolf, Member of Congress and Co-Chair, TLHRC


Panel I

  • The Honorable Ron Wyden, U.S. Senator

Panel II

  • The Honorable Michael H. Posner, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

Panel III

  • The Honorable Matar Ebrahim Matar, former Member of Bahrain's Parliament
  • Mr. Leslie Campbell, Senior Associate and Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa Programs, National Democratic Institute
  • Mr. Tom Malinowski, Washington Director, Human Rights Watch
  • Mr. Richard Sollom, Deputy Director, Physicians for Human Rights




112th Congress