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Abbas Busafwan

Depoliticizing Bahrain's Uprising: The Rhetoric of Human Rights

[Opposition protest in front of the UN building in Manama, 1 January 2012. Image by Saeed Saif.]

Various local, regional, and international parties concerned with Bahraini affairs have failed to translate the November 2011 report of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI, also known as the Bassiouni report) into a political program similar to Yemen’s GCC Initiative. The United States and the Gulf Cooperation Council states had devised the Initiative in 2011 to quell the Yemeni uprising. Although the Gulf Initiative distorted and marginalized the results of ...

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