Progress & Actions
Supreme Constitutional Court has been asked to review the constitutionality of National Safety Law (Royal Decree No 18 of 2011), in line with a BICI recommendation (para 184). On 28 December 2011, the Supreme Constitutional Court announced that its decision on the question of constitutionality would be announced on 25 January 2012.
Two proposals approved by the cabinet and currently before parliament:
- Amendments to the penal code criminalising all forms of torture; increasing the sentencing for torture; and lifting the limitation period on claims for torture. These amendments harmonise Bahraini law with international human rights standards.
- A decree establishing the National Human Rights Institution (NHRI), an independent human rights watchdog for Bahrain, in line with the Paris Principles, which are recognised as setting the international standard for NHRIs around the world.