Local Report on Women’s Prison
On 20 August 2009, the Bahrain Human Rights Society issued its
report regarding its visit to the women’s prison last May after
delivering a copy of the report to the Bahraini Interior Minister.
The latter stressed, during his meeting with the Secretary General
of the Society, Abdualla Al Drazi, that his Ministry adheres to
the principles of democracy and humanity when dealing with citizens.
He also affirmed that public freedom is a necessity as well as the
implementation of international standards as stated in international
treaties and conventions. The Minister promised that the report
will be studied and that its recommendations will be taken into
consideration. Moreover, he stressed the importance of continuing
cooperation with the Society and praised and valued its efforts.
In addition to the above, Drazi said that ‘the aim of the report
is not to look for faults and shortcomings, but to present recommendations
to the authority in order to develop these centers and consider
the human rights aspects in compliance with international agreements.
Among the recommendations is to establish a new building; train
inmates on suitable skills; help fulfill the needs of non-Bahraini
inmates; reconsider the deportation of some inmates whose families
still live in Bahrain; issue a new law for rehabilitation centers;
implement alternative punishments for minor offences; introduce
educational programs; care for the psychological well fair of the
inmates; urge embassies to care for their imprisoned citizens; increase
recreation activity; form a committee for human rights; and allow
local and international organizations regular visits to the detention