- Thousands of demonstrators in Musalla, Bahrain on 22 July; Source: Mohamed CJ (Wikimedia Commons)
Bassiouni has announced that the five-member panel will look at the role of security forces and the army, particularly investigating claims of torture in detention. Bahrain has denied systematic torture and promised that all cases of torture will be investigated. It remains to be seen to what extent the commission will be allowed access to documents and witnesses.
The five-member panel is headed by the Egyptian-American law professor and UN war crimes expert Bassiouni. The other members are Canadian judge and former ICC president Philippe Kirsch, British human rights lawyer Nigel Rodley, Iranian lawyer Mahnoush Arsanjani and Kuwaiti Islamic law expert Badria al-Awadhi.