Human Rights Updates
■ (21 November 2010): His Royal Highness
the Prime Minister said that human rights are protected in the Kingdom
of Bahrain. He also expressed his pride of the country’s achievements
and stressed that people of Bahrain will remain one united family.
■ (November 2010): the House of Representatives
proposed to penalize anyone who is in a position of authority and
practices racial segregation or ethnic, religious and political
discrimination. The Government objected to this proposal because
it believed that it was ambiguous and contained generalizations.
The Government proposed an amended bill instead, which supports
the punishment against those who practice discrimination based on
the definitions stated in the International Convention of All Forms
of Racial Discrimination 1965, and the International Convention
for the Suppression of the Crime of Apartheid and Punishment 1973.
■ (21 November 2010): The Supreme Counsel
for Women supported the proposal by the Minister of Justice regarding
provision of financial support by Government to the political societies,
which support women during nominations and elections.
■ (23 November 2010): during the prize
ceremony organized by the Foreign Press Association in London, the
Ambassador of Bahrain Shiekh Khalifa bin Ali Al Khalifa said that
press freedoms have flourished and developed both technically and
professionally in Bahrain. This is largely due to the reform project,
which achieved pioneering political and democratic accomplishments
in the region, according to him.
■ (28 November 2010): headed by the
the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador
Abdullah Abdul Latif, the National Committee for Combating
Human Trafficking discussed coordination with other official bodies.
It also discussed the programs and strategies to eradicate the phenomena
of human trafficking as well as promoting a media plan of the Committee.
■ (29 November 2010): the national strategy
for the rights of persons with disability was launched. The Minister
of Social Development stated that this strategy aims to “promote
legal frameworks that are in line with the International Convention
on the Rights of Persons with Disability, and in line with anti
discrimination and equal opportunity principles”.