Lift travel ban on women urges group
Manama, March 7, 2012
The Gulf-European Centre for Human Rights (GECHR) requested compassion from Bahrain’s leadership for women held in the kingdom by travel bans, on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
“We recognise the hardship, in particular, of women placed in such positions as they are easy prey for those wishing to capitalise on their misfortune. HH King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, has announced his strong commitment to the elimination of human rights violations and we are asking that an amnesty is immediately given to those suffering this outrage for more than two years, and that all with travel bans are given the right to work,” said Faisal Fulad, director general of GECHR.
It is believed that there are more than 4,000 travel ban victims in Bahrain and a number of such women have brought their plight to the Bahrain branch of the Gulf European Centre for Human Rights.
These are single women, some left with children to look after, and struggling to survive financially, who have been banned by local banks or landlords, making their circumstances much worse and setting them on a downward spiral that is virtually impossible to recover from, the statement said.
The issue of travel bans being placed on banking customers as a means of guaranteeing repayment of debt, is being questioned at all levels in the kingdom, with the British and Indian Ambassador to the island nation, both speaking out for change.
Gulf European Centre for Human Rights operates from Bahrain to protect the rights of expatriate citizens living in the kingdom. – TradeArabia News Service