The latest Amnesty International report on the human rights situation in Bahrain is both naive and inconsistent, mainly because it resonates with the protester's propaganda and fabricated campaign material and thus deals with one side of the story, so it is a rather unbalanced report.
It is not for the first time that the international body has failed to provide a balanced view of Bahrain's political scenario. Last year, during the height of the unrest, a similar biased report was issued by Amnesty International, but in due course of time, its validity waned and people were able to realise that it was a one-sided view and failed to impress people's perspectives of Bahrain.
We are led to believe that Amnesty International is a politically neutral and professional organisation, packed with 'top-notch experts', but it continues to make flawed reports on Bahrain, why?
The government, taking the courage to lift the veil of secrecy and hype about suppression of democratic rights, showed gentle candor and openness in allowing in international experts( BICI) to examine its human rights records and vowed to abide by its recommendations.
Most of the recommendations have now been implemented, with the few remaining on the way. Thus the Amnesty's report comes at a time when the recommendations were not totally implemented.
Amnesty International acknowledged, in its immature report, that the unarmed police are confronted with violent and Molotov-throwing youths on a daily basis, but it said the police should deal with the youth by adopting acceptable 'international standards'.
Let Amnesty International show us the international method of approaching a violent youth with Molotov in hand !!! Isn't the maximum restraint our police are showing better than Amnesty's international formula?
In some confrontations with the thugs, the police are recording a higher toll, when it comes to casualities, as our police are unarmed , with only batons and tear gas-emitting guns for protection.
It was the social and economic issues that were the main driving reasons for the protests early last year, but now things have changed.
The demands were adjusted in such a way that the opposition, along with the street thugs, are supposedly demanding political change, hoodwinking observers by really advocating a hollow 'democracy' and all backed by unflinching support from alleged foreign agents, notably Iran. This will take us to the conclusion that what is happening in Bahrain is purely sectarian in nature.
What we have learnt is that a society with sectarian overtones is not a proper civil society and thus does not fit the template for a 'Western-style democracy'.Thus, unless Amnesty and co intend to support the formation of another Iraq in the Arabian peninsula, the case of Bahrain is far from what is required for the existence of a democratic society.
This doesn't mean that we don't need democracy. No, we need it desperately, but first there comes a need for dealing with key social issues, including equal distribution of wealth, availability of affordable housing units, equal job opportunity for all irrespective of sect orientation or background. When these issues are properly dealt with ,along with a diminution of the sectarian divisions, then that will be the right time to demand democratic rights.
Amnesty International, was expected to report on these issues but unfortunately it disappointed us and saw the events from a completely different angle. Let's wait with patience. Time will tell the truth.