Shadow report prepared by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and the National Committee for Martyrs and Victims of Torture, submitted to the UN Committee Against Torture for its 34th session in Geneva (12 - 13 May 2005).

About the report

Given the absence of a regional human rights mechanism in the Middle East, the United Nations was the main body monitoring Bahrain’s compliance with its human rights obligations. Bahrain’s decision to accede to the Convention against Torture in 1998, bringing its domestic law and policies under the examination of the Commission Against Torture, is of major importance because Bahrain is not yet a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. However, Bahrain’s first state report to the Committee against Torture is long overdue. Even though Bahrain has not yet acceded to the individual right of petition to the Committee against Torture, Bahrain has withdrawn its reservation under Article 20 of the Convention. This empowers the Committee to initiate an enquiry where it has reason to believe that “torture is being systematically practiced” in Bahrain.

This report highlights the most important violations to the Convention Against Torture as well as focusing on the impunity that has been given to the perpetrators whom are accused of practicing torture.

We gave specific of victim’s cases that had been tortured before and after Bahrain acceded to the Convention.

The full report can be dowloaded from the link below.