Statement by EU High Representative on the publication of the report of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, issued the following statement today: "I take positive note of today's publication of the report of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI), appointed on 29 June 2011 to investigate the human rights violations which occurred in the country beginning in February 2011.
I call upon all sides in Bahrain to do their utmost to implement the recommendations of the report, in a timely and complete fashion. The European Union is ready to assist Bahrain in this effort, fully recognizing that it must be Bahraini-led, and Bahraini-owned. I sincerely hope that the BICI report will help Bahrain to open a new chapter in its history, driven by an inclusive process of national reconciliation, founded on peaceful and constructive dialogue.
I wish to take advantage of this opportunity to ask once again the Bahraini government to ensure that the cases of all individuals tried by the National Safety Courts, and in particular the medical staff, are subjected to a thorough review. If the evidence dictates, fresh trials should then take place in civilian courts, according to Bahraini legislation and international standards."