with Dr. Mohamad Ali bin Mansoor Al Sitri
with Dr. Mohamad Ali bin Mansoor Al Sitri
with Madi Al Khamees
with Journalist Baria Allamuldeen
with Mohamad Al Rumaihi, Awan
with Hosam El Sokkari (BBC)
with Jahad Alkazan, Alhayat
with Nisreen Sadiq (Alaan TV)

BHRM Activities

■ The Bahrain Human Rights Monitor (BHRM) represented by its President participated in the International Day for Human Rights on 14th of December 2009, which took place in Manama, under the aegis of the UNDP and the Bahraini Foreign Ministry. During the occasion many speeches were made by Bahraini human rights organizations, including the Bahrain Society for Human Rights and the Bahrain Society for Human Rights Watch. In addition, speeches were also made by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Nazar Al- Baharna and the Resident Representative of the UNDP in Bahrain Sayed Aqa.

At the fringe of this occasion, the President of BHRM Hasan Moosa Shafaei met with Dr. Baharna, Undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry Abdullah Abdullatif, UNDP Resident Representative Sayed Aqa, MP and Member of Al-Wefaq Society Jawad Fairouz, Advisor Amal al Dosari of the Bahrain General Organization for Youth and Sport, and finally from the Bahrain Human Rights Society Abdula Al Derazi and Abdulnabi Al Ekri.

■ The President of BHRM participated in the First Gathering of Leaders of Arab Media, which took place in Bahrain on 2-3 December 2009. The conference was jointly organized by the Ministry of Culture and Information and the Arab Media Forum headed by the Secretary-General of Arab Media Forum journalist Madi Al Khamees. Many Arab and foreign media representatives attended the conference as well as tens of well known Arab authors and journalists. The conference discussed three main topics: media and international developments, the effect of capital on the media and the future of Arab Media: crisis and obstacles. The Bahrain Minister of Culture and Information Sheikha Mai Al Khalifa spoke at the conference as well as the Secretary-General of the Arab League Amr Moussa and Madi Al Khamees. Also among the participants were the President of Asilah Festival of International Culture in Morocco Mohammad Isa, Undersecretary of the Saudi Information Ministry Abdullah Al Jaser, Syrian Information Minister Dr. Mohsin Bilal, Head of the BBC Arabic Network Hosam El Sokkari and the President of the International Federation of Journalists Jim Bonmelha. This is in addition to Journalist Abdulwahab Badrakhan, Journalist Baria Allamuldeen, Jahad Alkhazan Editor-in-Chief of Al Hayat Newspaper, Ghassan Charbel and Dr. Mohamad Al Rumaihi Editor-in-Chief of Awan Newspaper, Journalist George Samaha and Nisreen Sadiq from Alaan TV in addition to many high profile journalists from Egypt. It is noteworthy that most Bahrain civil society institutions including Human Rights institutions as well as the media attended the conference and presented papers.

■ The President of the BHRM met last December with Dr. Mohamad Ali bin Mansoor Al Sitri Advisor to HM the King for Legislative Authority Affairs, Mr. Nabeel Al Hamer, Advisor to HM the King for Information Affairs & the President of the Bahrain Institute for Political Development, as well as the British Ambassador to Bahrain Mr. Jamie Bowden and Mr. Ludo Hood, in charge of human rights at the US Embassy in Manama. During these meetings, Mr. Shafaie discussed the human rights situation in Bahrain and the regional, social and political influences on the situation as well as possible means of cooperation in this issue.