Bahrain Submits Universal Periodic Review Response to UN Human Rights Council and Pledges Commitment to Implementation of Its Recommendations
Information Affairs Authority, Geneva, 12
September 2012: The Government of Bahrain submitted its UPR response to the UN
Human Rights Council on Wednesday, 12 September 2012. The Government has
approved 156 out of 176 recommendations set by the UN Human Rights Council
Universal Periodic Review last May.
“The Kingdom has approved 143 recommendations
fully and endorsed 13 others partially”, Human Rights Affairs Minister HE Dr.
Salah bin Ali Abdurrahman said.
Dr. Salah stressed Bahrain’s strides to guarantee
citizens’ constitutional rights, promoting legislations and democratic exercise
towards achieving comprehensive justice and enforcing the rule of the law.
??Most of the recommendations set by the UN panel last May during Bahrain’s
Periodic Review centered on 19 areas relating to human rights. They include
penal justice; compensation of victims of the unrest; the law on nationality;
teaching and training disabled people; the family law; providing human rights
training to public security forces; implementing the recommendations of the
Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI); the National Human Rights
Organization; media and press reform; children’s rights; human trafficking;
international human rights covenants; national dialogue; social services;
constitutional and legal amendments; safeguards for human rights; building
places of worship; women’s rights; and the human rights of activists. ?
Additionally, His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa
Al-Khalifa issued a royal decree to restructure the National Human Rights
Organization (NHRO). The move would enable its directorates to assume its
duties fully, consolidate its independence, and strengthen its crucial role as
a Human Rights Ombudsman in the Kingdom.
The move aims to bring the NHRO in line with the
Paris Principles. The Minister of State for Human Rights, HE Dr. Salah
bin Ali, described the move as a “crucial cornerstone in the reform project led
by HM the King”.
The Minister emphasized the Government’s
commitment to the UPR recommendations and their implementation, as such reforms
will directly benefit citizens by guaranteeing and safeguarding their rights.
He added that 3 UPR recommendations were directly related to aligning the NHRO
with the Paris Principles.
Dr. Salah reaffirmed Bahrain’s commitment to
follow-up and implementation of these recommendations on the ground over the
coming four years and providing regular updates. A UPR Follow-up Committee has
been formed with representatives from all ministries to expedite and oversee the
implementation process. He announced that the Kingdom would update the UN Human
Rights Council on the progress of implementation of approved recommendations by