- Human Rights Council (14th Session); Source: Flickr (United Nations - Geneva)
A large number of recommendations relate to the unrest starting in early 2011 calling for fair trials and guarantees against the use of torture. In Geneva, Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa declared the countryís acceptance to the vast majority of the recommendations but rejected abolishing the death penalty stating that it would violate the constitution.
Human rights organisations have welcomed Bahrainís willingness to tackle human rights issues but remained sceptical in regards to the actual implementation of the recommendations. In November 2011, the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry released a 500-page report on the widespread abuses during the unrest but, so far, many of the respective key recommendations remain unfulfilled, according to the human rights group Human Rights First.