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Bahrain earmarks US$26.5m for Arab Spring victims

Expat workers impacted by unrest among those eligible for payout

Bahrain earmarks US$26.5m for Arab Spring victims
Bahrain was one of the Gulf states hardest hit by the Arab Spring unrest. (Getty Images)

The government of Bahrain has allocated a pot of BHD10m (US$26.5m)
to compensate the families of those killed and those injured as a result of
security forces’ actions during Arab Spring protests.

Yesterday, the Gulf state’s Justice, Islamic Affairs and
Endowments Minister announced that it will begin accepting claims for
compensation from Sunday March 18.

“The government has allocated a budget of about BD10m that
will be used for this scheme and will include every individual affected because
of the unrest last year,” said Bahrain
Independent Commission of Inquiry member Dr Abdulla Al Deerazi.

Those eligible to receive a payout include expatriate
workers and the families of policemen, as well as those whose property was
damaged as a result of the unrest.

“This direct payout scheme aims to reach out to the victims,
who have to submit required compensation documents at the ministry to register
their case of death, injuries or other purposes,” added Dr Al Deerazi.

Bahrain was one of the Gulf states hardest hit by the Arab
Spring unrest.

According to the Bahrain Centre of Human Rights, there have
been 82 civilians killed and 2,900 injured since the unrest began in February
2011.

A government report published this month estimated that the
unrest had cost the island’s economy and business community around US$800m.

Dr. Murad 7 years ago

What are the qualifying parameters ?