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Bahrain issues new code of conduct for police

New rules include limited use of force and zero tolerance of torture, mistreatment

Bahrain issues new code of conduct for police
At least 35 people were killed during the rallies and an ensuing crackdown in Bahrain last year.

Bahrain
issued a new code of conduct for police officers force requiring
adherence to 10 principles, including limited use of force and zero
tolerance toward torture and mistreatment, the Information Affairs
Agency said today.

The
Interior Ministry code, recommended by an independent international
commission that investigated possible human-rights abuses during the
February-March 2011 protests, states that officers must show respect for
human dignity and make arrests in accordance with international
standards. It forbids the use of force “except when absolutely
necessary,” state-run IAA said.

“This
code of conduct represents a new social treaty between members of
Bahraini society and the police which will mark the start of a new era
and a correct path to building bridges of confidence between the united
Bahraini society and the police, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid said in
the statement.

A
new Internal Affairs Department being established within the Interior
Ministry will be responsible for disciplinary reviews, as well as
overseeing the new code, according to the statement.

Last
year’s mass protests, led by Bahrain’s Shiite majority, included
demands for democracy and equal rights from the Sunni monarchy, leading
to a crackdown by security forces in which troops from neighboring Saudi
Arabia, also ruled by Sunnis, were called in to help.

At
least 35 people were killed during the rallies and an ensuing crackdown
through April last year, the independent commission has said. Tensions
in the island nation have simmered in Shiite areas throughout the past
year.

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Faris Khan 8 years ago

It is all very well having codes of conduct BUT at end of day it depends whether those codes will be properly enforced when they are broken.

Ahmed 8 years ago

It would be the height of irony if after months of our courageous security forces being vilified by the media the end product was a security apparatus with the best human rights record in the region.

These new measures are the culmination of months of retraining in riot control methods; the use of outside experts to assist us in learning from the experiences of other countries and the announcement of tribunals for putting on trial those accused of abuses.

The initial attempts at implementing these lessons over the last couple of months seems to have been impressive. The police management of recent bouts of protests seems to have been competent, effective and with minimal resort to the use of force.

The rhetoric of the opposition has been at its most damaging when it broached the issue of human rights. Our King has thus shown great wisdom in neutralizing the demands of the opposition by showing that he can outdo them on the issue of rule of law - Citizens for Bahrain

Truebahrainia 8 years ago

Bahrain is my homeland, and i know all of the lovely people of bahrain will make it through this catastrophy. They are strong, willfull, and heartful people, I know god will help us get through! Long live bahrain.