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The Bahraini government announced that has started paying US$ 153,000 to the families of the 17 victims who died during the clashes in Bahrain during last year’s protests, as recommended by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry, that was set up to investigate the protests.

 

In addition, a unit following up the implementations of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry has announced that 92 percent of the workers sacked during the protests have been reinstated. The unit reported that 2,462 dismissed workers who were sacked because of alleged participation in protests, have been returned to their private sector jobs, as a result of government orders. A limited number have not been returned and referred their cases for legal action.

 

The government also announced that work has begun on rebuilding five Shiite mosques that were demolished during the troubles.

 

July 12, 2012

 

 

Analysis and Forecast: Decreasing Risk


 

The announcement by the government that it was compensating the victims of the protests and implementing other recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry has been cautiously welcomed by some in the Bahraini opposition. It was not as widely welcome as the government was hoping. However, the fact that the government is taking further steps towards implementing the recommendations of the commission, in those three highly sensitive issues will contribute to an overall, albeit limited reduction of the levels of tension and risk of civil unrest.