ABA ROLI Assists with Judicial Reforms in Bahrain

ABA ROLI experts met with Bahraini authorities, defense attorneys and other stakeholders to discuss the detention regime in the country.

March 2012

In December 2011, the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) released a report with reform recommendations documenting the results of its investigation into Bahrain’s period of unrest in February and March 2011. The ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) is assisting Bahrain’s Ministry of Justice in implementing the BICI’s recommendations. This support includes providing technical assistance in strengthening the judiciary’s detention monitoring role, and helping to establish mechanisms by which Bahrain’s public prosecutor can both monitor and investigate detainee mistreatment claims. This collaboration was mentioned in a March 21 TradeArabia article on Bahrain’s appointment of a new minister to implement BICI’s recommendations.

In March, two ABA ROLI experts conducted an assessment of Bahrain’s detention-related legislation and procedures. U.S. District Court judge Nanette Laughrey and University of Notre Dame Law School professor Jimmy Gurulé met with Bahraini authorities, defense attorneys and other stakeholders to discuss the detention regime in the country. ABA ROLI is analyzing the information gathered and will make reform recommendations to improve due process protections for detainees. 

To learn more about our work in Bahrain, contact the ABA Rule of Law Initiative at rol@americanbar.org.

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