Bahrain vows human rights protection
Dubai, February 22, 2014
Bahrain is keen to consolidate co-operation with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) by availing of its training and technical potentials to promote its human rights march, Minister of State for Human Rights Affairs Dr Salah Ali said.
He said human rights in the kingdom are guaranteed by the constitution, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
This came as he received head of the Middle East and North Africa department at the OHCHR Faraj Fneish, head of OHCHR in Tunisia Mazen Shaqoura, Ms Georgia from Mena office in Geneva and members of its technical team.
Dr Ali said the team's visit will play a major role in developing scientific, objective and useful findings that enhance the human rights march in the kingdom.
He added the kingdom has adopted an advanced approach through signing and ratifying international conventions and amending its national laws to be in conformity with developed human rights legislation.
He pointed out that Bahrain has established national institutions tasked with accountability and human rights assessment at all levels, citing the Office of the Ombudsman at the Interior Ministry, the High Commission for the Rights of Prisoners and Detainees, the National Institution for Human Rights and the Human Rights Committees in parliament and Shura Council.
He also issued instructions to form a joint committee comprising representatives from the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Human Rights to facilitate the OHCHR team's visits.-TradeArabia News Service