[PDF] Report of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry

Author: Mahmoud Cherif Bassiouni, Nigel Rodley, Badria Al-Awadhi, Philippe Kirsch, Mahnoush H. Arsanjani, Published on: 23 November 2011

The Gulf Air Trade Union (GATU) submitted a report containing the names of 213 employees dismissed from Gulf Air. GATU alleged that some of the reasons used by Gulf Air to dismiss those employees were not in fact violations according to the company‘s internal regulations...The union further alleged that the dismissals were based both on discrimination against employees for their religion (Shia Islam) and on retaliation for the perceived political affiliation of the employee (ie support for the opposition)...Gulf Air disclosed that it had dismissed 219 employees in connection with the events of February/March 2011. The company stated the following reasons for the dismissals: (i) participation in ―illegal gatherings; (ii) absence from work for less than 10 days; (iii) absence from work for more than 10 days; (iv) possession of material in support of regime change in Bahrain; (v) making disparaging remarks about the royal family and members of government; and (vi) calling for a workers‘ strike at Gulf Air and the nation‘s airport.

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