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Bahrain's rights successes highlighted

BAHRAIN'S human rights achievements were highlighted yesterday.

This came as Minister of State for Human Rights Dr Salah Ali met Egypt's Organisation for Human Rights chairman Ashraf Al Dadah on the sidelines of a Regional Governance Week conference 'Social Accountability in a Changing Region - Actors and Mechanisms' in Cairo.

He also spoke about Bahrain's successes since the first Universal Periodic Review in 2008 by UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. He said Bahrain has put forward its voluntary pledges and a timetable to implement recommendations.

Dr Ali confirmed the kingdom's keenness to honour its national and global commitments and said Bahrain considers credible and professional rights organisations as partners in its efforts to consolidate human rights.

He also briefed Mr Al Dadah on implementation of Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry recommendations.

Mr Al Dadah praised Bahrain's efforts and expressed his organisation's keenness to co-operate.

In his address to the conference, Dr Ali reviewed Bahrain's experience in the human rights field and reiterated its keenness to co-operate with all UN bodies.

He stressed the need for the council to ensure its recommendations are clear and enforceable so that member states can positively deal with them.

The council's 176 recommendations for Bahrain included repeated issues though they were only related to 19 issues, he said.

He said Bahrain has signed seven of the nine global treaties and seeks to join the rest.

Bahrain has set up a Supreme Co-ordinating Committee of Human Rights comprising ministries to implement the council's recommendations. Some have been implemented, while others need time as they fall within legislative powers, he said.

A National Foundation for Human Rights has also been established in accordance with Paris Principles, he added.

Dr Ali said every country has its speciality and experience and there are no templates for them and stressed the need to take into account their historical and religious particularities, customs and culture.

The conference ends today.



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