Human Rights Watch Visits Bahrain
On 2 February, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Nazar
Al Baharna met with a delegation from Human Rights Watch (HRW) led
by the Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa division
of, Joe Stork. The visit came as part of several visits by HRW to
a number of official and public bodies in Bahrain. During the meeting,
discussions revolved around issues such as: the law concerning freedom
of movement for foreign workers, the National Foundation for Human
Rights, which has recently been established, and the participation
of HRW in training programs.
According to local newspapers, the delegation praised the steps
taken by Bahrain regarding human rights. It also commended the Universal
Periodic Review for Human Rights’ annual report. The delegation
referred to the cooperation they received from all concerned parties
at both the Government and public levels during their visit. Mr.
Stork and delegation also met with the Undersecretary of the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Abdullah Abdulatif, and discussed
Bahrain’s efforts in combating human trafficking.