Human Rights Updates
■ (2/12/2010): The Minister of Social
Development stressed the need to incorporate the growing numbers
of people with disability in Bahrain, which has reached 6678, in
order to meet the MDGs. She also said that the Government had agreed
to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability
after being passed by Parliament.
■ (4/12/2010): The Secretary General
of the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions, Salman Al Mahfooz
criticized the Government for issuing the Civil Service Law, by
Decree No. 48 for 2010, without consulting the Federation. Al Mahfooz
demanded that the Legislative Authority play its role in any amendment
to the Law.
■ (8/12/2010): On the occasion of the
International Day for Human Rights, the Prime Minister Prince Khalifa
bin Salman Al Khalifa stressed that respecting human rights is an
essential indicator of progress for any nation, and that no nation
can advance if it does not have human rights at the heart of its
■ (10/12/2010): On the same occasion,
the Democratic Progressive Forum Society issued a statement The
statement stressed that restricting freedom of expression does not
coincide with Bahrain’s international obligations. It also criticized
what it referred to as “the comprehensive war on internet websites
and the publications of political societies.”
■ (21/12/2010): On 20-21 December 2010,
a Bahraini delegation participated in the Regional Forum on Human
Rights in the Gulf States held in Doha. The Forum discussed the
implementation of the recommendations of the international mechanisms
on human rights.
■ (22/12/2010): The Bahrain Foreign
Ministry issued a report in both Arabic and English regarding the
rights and work conditions of foreign workers. The report discusses
the condition of foreign workers and the mechanisms that are in
place to deal with any violations.
■ (24/12/2010): In December 2010, the
Office of Financial and Administrative Control started the inspection
of the Civil Society Administration Unit at the Ministry of Social
Development. This is in order to verify the competency and effectiveness
of the internal regulations and operations of the Unit.
■ (30/12/2010): the Ministry of Social
Development organised a workshop on the Juvenile Law and the International
Convention on The Right of the Child, which the Kingdom of Bahrain
had joined in 1991. The head of the Legal Affairs Section at the
Ministry, Abduallah Al Jawdar gave a lecture during the event. The
workshop is part of the Ministry’s training plan for psychiatrists
who work in all of its institutions and centres.