Bahrain denounces terror groups
Manama, December 8, 2013
International watchdogs criticising Bahrain's human rights record have been urged to focus on terror groups that are brainwashing children and exploiting them in acts of violence.
In an interview with French weekly magazine Valeurs Actuelles, the Premier defended the reality of human rights in Bahrain - a country where the rule of law and respect for human rights prevails, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa stressed Bahrain's efforts to promote human rights in total objectivity and transparency. He pointed out the establishment of the National Institution for Human Rights on the basis of the Paris Principles, adding the watchdog operates in total independence and monitors the situation of human rights and basic liberties.
He praised the kingdom's political strides under the reform project of His Majesty King Hamad, citing the elected parliament which enjoys all legislative powers as stipulated in the constitution.
The Premier stressed the link between terrorism and sabotage and purely sectarian agendas promoted by foreign forces. "Some parties in Bahrain attempted to exploit the upheavals in some Arab countries to destabilise the country and subvert national security," he said.
He said the unrest which started in 2011 did not have any justification as Bahrain was already witnessing a promising democratic and legislative process. He pointed out plots to destabilise the country by all means - violence, sabotage, terror, killing of policemen, planting bombs, blocking roads - to undermine the economy and bring the country to a standstill.
He stressed efforts to combat terror, pointing out the National Assembly's recommendations endorsed last July. The country's solid economic infrastructure enabled it to emerge from the crisis "with minimum losses", the Premier added. - TradeArabia News Service