Arab Commission lauds Bahrain's rights record
Manama, January 18, 2014
The Arab Commission for Human Rights (ACHR) appreciated Bahrain's formation of the Bahraini Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) and working on implementing its recommendations.
The ACHR reviewed Bahrain's report submitted to it on measures taken to apply the provisions of Arab Charter on Human Rights, and issued its recommendations. The commission praised Bahrain for ratifying the Arab Charter of Human Rights.
The ACHR also hailed Bahrain's human rights achievements and efforts to develop legislative and administrative system to reinforce and preserve human rights, lauding Bahrain's accession to many international charters on human rights, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
The commission welcomed important constitutional amendments, in addition to the amendments on the penal code and the law of criminal procedures as well as the establishment of the office of an Ombudsman, and the issuance of a code of conduct for policemen.
It welcomed the issuance of the Children's Act and the adoption of the national strategy for people with disabilities, the law of insurance against unemployment and to increase the representation of women in elected bodies.
The ACHR hailed Bahrain's initiative for the establishment of an Arab Court for Human Rights, and the amendment to Security Forces Act under which offences relating to allegations of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or death to be considered as military crimes.
It recommended the need to intensify efforts to raise awareness of the rights enshrined in the charter among the judiciary, law-enforcement agencies and the public.
The commission also recommended the need to harmonise legislation with the provisions of the charter and called for the unification of the age of the child in legislation, and to speed up the issuance of the law of reform and rehabilitation institutions, as well as maintaining efforts to pass a law to protect the family from domestic violence.-TradeArabia News Service