Bahrain Human Rights Monitor calls upon the Government to ratify
the Enforced Disappearance Convention
On 23 December 2010, the International Convention for the Protection
of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance will enter into force.
The Convention is considered as one of the most important among
the principal international treaties. The Convention obliges member
states to put an end to the practice of enforced disappearance,
hold any person involved in an enforced disappearance criminally
responsible and ensure that families of the disappeared are granted
appropriate remedy and reparations.
Bahrain Human Rights Monitor would take the opportunity to mark
this occasion by urging the Government of Bahrain to take the initiative
to ratify the Convention. The Monitor believes that Bahrain is well
suited for such a step considering that the country has a clean
record as far as the practice of enforced disappearance is concerned.
Furthermore, Bahrain’s accession to the Convention would enhance
its standing within the international arena.
The Monitor is hoping that Bahrain could become the second Arab
State to ratify the Convention after Iraq, which has ratified it
on 23 November 2010. Joining the club of countries that ratified
the Convention, and adhering to its content, constitute a vital
ingredient of the country’s responsibility towards human rights
internationally. The recognition and protection of human rights
has become part of the shared cultural and human bond that ties
the nations together.
Bahrain Human Rights Monitor, on the other hand, urges civil
society institutions in Bahrain to condemn the criminal acts of
enforced disappearance worldwide, and to initiate a momentum aiming
at pushing both the Legislative and Executive Authorities towards
the ratification of the Convention.
The importance attached by Bahrain’s civil society to this Convention,
which is manifested by its participation in the International Day
for the Disappeared on 30 August every year, represents one of the
means that Bahrain interacts with international human rights bodies.
It is through such an interaction that it becomes possible to confront
and oppose those governments that employ the practice of enforced
disappearance, which is regarded as the most abhorrent of human
rights violations, since it embodie? a wide range of infringes that
affect the individuals and their family, and strip them of all their
rights, including the right to life, personal security and dignity,
and the right not to be subjected to torture or inhumane treatment,
and to be detained in humane conditions, and to receive a fair trial.