An anti-government protester poses after clashes with Bahraini security police following a protest in the village of Sitra, south of the capital Manama. Image Credit: AFP

Manama: Bahrain has criticised a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report regarding the country, saying that a “it contained fundamental errors” and that “a number of claims were inaccurate.”

Advocate General Al Sayed said that the Public Prosecution was deeply disappointed by the “unbalanced and misleading claims” made within the report, which “entirely ignored the significant and widely recognised security and human rights reforms that have taken place within Bahrain.”

The Advocate General said that newly established institutions, such as the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), set up with the help of international experts, continues to publish wide-ranging and detailed investigative reports into any allegations of mistreatment.

Al Sayed pointed to “the incorrect claim” that SIU investigations have not led to the conviction of any individuals involved in cases related to the events of 2011, as an example of inaccurate statements made within the report, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.

“In fact, multiple criminal cases and convictions took place following investigations carried out by the SIU, and that the SIU has also challenged and appealed court verdicts where it felt the penalties were not representative of the crime committed,” the Advocate General said.” Past SIU reports include detailed explanations of the nature of complaints received as well as the subsequent action taken.”

He added that the Public Prosecution has a “strong track record of openness to dialogue and cooperation to improve the protection of human rights within the Kingdom” and that it “will continue to engage and work constructively with its international partners to further strengthen its reform efforts.”