|Mr. Shafaie with the Prime Minister
|Manna’ between Shafaie and Al- Shamlan
|Shafaie between Almahfoodh and Ebrahim Abdulla
|With the German Ambassador
|With Jamal Fakhro
President of the BHRM on Official Trip to Bahrain
The President of BHRM Hasan Moosa Shafaie visited Bahrain in
January 2010, met with a number of influential figures and engaged
in many political and human rights activities at both the official
and public levels:
■ On 24 January 2010, the President met with His Royal Highness
the Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, during
the latter’s weekly public meeting. Shafaie urged His Highness to
direct officials to engage with the international human rights delegations
when they visit Bahrain. Shafaei also conveyed the disappointment
of the delegation of Front Line during their recent visit to Bahrain,
as they were unable to meet with human rights officials. The Prime
Minister appreciated Shafaie’s comment and stressed the importance
of protecting Bahrain’s reputation and demanded that work meetings
be conducted with all human rights organizations concerned with
■ Shafaie also held a joint meeting with the Secretary General
of the Bahrain Human Rights Society (BHRS) Abdullah Al Drazi and
the President of the Bahrain Transparency Society Abdulnabi Al Ekri.
The meeting took place in the headquarters of BHRS where human rights
related issues were discussed. On another level, he also participated
in an awards ceremony organized by the BHRS in honor of Dr. Haytham
Manna’, a distinguished human rights activist and the spokesperson
for the Arab Commission for Human Rights. Manna’ was granted the
Ahmad Al Shamlan Shield, a prize which is granted to distinguished
human rights activists.
■ Shafaie also met with Mirza Al Qatari and Hadi Al Mousawi,
the officials responsible for human rights issues in the Islamic
Al Wefaq Society. A number of human rights issues and possibilities
for mutual cooperation were discussed. It is noteworthy that Al
Qatari and Al Mousawi presented a proposal for establishing a new
human rights organization under the name of ‘Salam Society’, which
is at present in the process of being registered with the Ministry
of Social Development.
■ At the building of the General Federation of Bahrain Trade
Unions, the President of the BHRM met with the Secretary General
of the Federation Salman Al Mahfoodh and Vice Secretary General
Ebrahim Hamad Abdulla and Assistant Secretary General for media
and publication Jaffar Khalil Ebrahim. Shafaie was briefed about
the Federation’s activities, accomplishments, plans and positions.
He in turn explained the vision and activities of BHRM.
■ The President of the BHRM met with the German Ambassador to
the Kingdom of Bahrain Dr. Hubert Lang at the German Embassy in
Manama, where social and political aspects of human rights were
discussed. He also met with the French Ambassador in Manama Mr.
Yves Oudin in the presence of his advisor Mr. Christian Reigneaud.
Shafaie explained the activities of BHRM and the scope of possible
human rights developments in Bahrain. Both Ambassadors praised the
positive development which Bahrain has witnessed in recent years.
■ The President also met with the member of the Shura Council
Jamal Fakhro and MP Dr. Abdulaziz Abul, and discussed many various
human rights related issues. He stressed the importance of communication
and cooperation which will benefit human rights in Bahrain.
■ Finally, the President met with the Chief Executive of Radio
& TV Corporation Sheikh Rashid Bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa at the
Building of the Ministry of Information.