|With the Minister of Health
|Dr. Mariam Al Jalahma
|NIHR workshop with Peter Hosking
|With Faisal Fulad, BHRWS
|With US Embassy’s Officials
Human Rights Meetings
■ On 8 June 2010, the President of the BHRM Hasan Shafaei met
the Minister of Health Dr. Faisal Yacob Al Hamer, with the presence
of his Assistant Undersecretary, Dr. Mariam Al Jalahma. During the
meeting, the issue of the closure of the Nursing Society’s office
and the sacking of Abdulaziz Shabib were discussed. This nurse had
failed to comply with the Ministry of Health’s regulations which
states that the information of any injured patient should be recorded.
Instead, Shabib had secretly provided treatment to an injured patient
involved in recent violence, and had circumvented computer programs.
Shafaei listened to the Minister of Health’s opinion regarding
the closure of the Society, which he said had nothing to do with
providing equal treatment to all those injured in incidents of violence.
The issue in his opinion related to administrative breaches by the
Society, and its use of the Central Hospital’s building, which the
Shafaei presented to the Minister information and reports issued
by international human rights organizations regarding the matter.
He stressed that it was necessary for the Ministry to explain its
position to those organizations which had publically condemned the
decision to close the Nursing Society, and they lacked knowledge
of the legal and administrative background of the incident.
■ On 9 June 2010, a workshop lasting two weeks was organised
to raise the level of professionalism of NIHR members at the UN
House in Manama. The workshop was supervised by the Senior Consultant
at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Peter
Hosking. Hosking is one of the important figures who had prepared
the Paris Principles regarding the national institutions for human
rights in 1993.
■ On 9 June 2010, the President of the BHRM met the First Secretary
and Political and Economic Counsellor Steven R. Butler at the U.S.
Embassy. The meeting was attended by the Political Officer and observer
of the U.S. Foreign Ministry’s annual human rights report, Ludovic
Hood; Salman Hubail, an employee at the Embassy; and MEPI Coordinator,
Anjali Thadani. During the meeting, human rights in Bahrain were
discussed in addition to the latest developments regarding the NIHR,
particularly the future developments of the human rights situations.
■ Finally, the President of the BHRM met the Secretary General
of the Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society, who is also a member
in NIHR, Faisal Fulad, at the Society’s Headquarter in Manama. Among
the issues discussed were human trafficking in Bahrain, monitoring
and documenting violation cases, and the need to provide support
for the victims. Both parties expressed their willingness to cooperate
in human rights issues in the future.