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article imageAmnesty International slams Bahrain over 'inadequate' reforms

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By Paul Iddon
Apr 17, 2012 in Politics
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Amnesty International in a report has stated Bahrain has failed to bring justice for the countless protesters as human rights violations are still continuing in the island kingdom.
UPI and Al Jazeera have reported upon the release of this report by Amnesty which asserts that Bahrain has failed to bring about sufficient reforms stating that "half-hearted" reforms will not suffice, citing the many grievous human rights violations that continue to be afflicted upon Bahraini protests by the regimes security forces.
"The authorities are trying to portray the country as being on the road to reform, but we continue to receive reports of torture and use of unnecessary and excessive force against protests."
-- Amnesty International report on Bahrain's inadequate reforms.
It was November of last year that Bahraini regime agreed to reforms and to follow recommendations made by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry which reported that state security forces used lethal force against demonstrators during the brutal crackdown beginning in February of last year.
The report from Amnesty International also highlighted some reasons for why the reforms are essentially inadequate:
"The government is refusing to release scores of prisoners who are incarcerated because they called for meaningful political reforms and is failing to address the majority's deeply seated sense of discrimination and political marginalization, which has exacerbated sectarian divides in the country."
The report continued to stress that the International Community must not turn a blind eye and further stressed how the Bahraini government:
"must understand that its half-hearted measures are not sufficient -- sustained progress on real human rights reform remains essential."
The Independent has today also reported how the Bahraini royal family is divided over whether or not Abdulhadi al-Khawaja the jailed human rights activist who has been on hunger strike for over two months. A source has stated that the authorities were going to release him about a week into his hunger strike but were overruled by hardliners within the ruling family.
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