MANAMA: Human Rights Affairs Minister Dr Salah Ali yesterday received a delegation from Amnesty International (AI), led by its deputy director for Middle East and North Africa programme Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, campaigner Sima Walting and researcher Covadonga de la Campa.
Dr Ali said it was part of a series of meetings with international organisations to intensify contacts with global human rights organisations to project the real image of Bahrain and keep them informed about the reality of what is happening as well as its human rights strides.
They discussed co-operation and co-ordination and ways of consolidating contacts between the two sides.
He said that efforts are continuing in the kingdom to consolidate a legislative framework for human rights and promote its culture in the Bahraini society.
The minister asserted that AI is always welcome in Bahrain, adding that the kingdom respects all human rights guests who come here to conduct field visits.
He also described all the projects the kingdom had initiated to promote human rights.
Parliament human rights committee chairman MP Abdulhakim Al Shammari and National Security Agency Inspector-General Mohammed bin Rashid Al Rumaihi also received the AI delegation separately. Mr Al Rumaihi stressed the importance of respecting human rights which is one of the priorities of his office.
National Institution for Human Rights (NIHR) secretary-general Dr Ahmed Abdulla Farhan yesterday received a delegation from the UK-based Bingham Centre for the Rule of the Law, including director for education and training Naina Patel and lawyers Ivan Hare and William Metcalfe. Dr Farhan stressed the role of the NIHR in promoting human rights.