Responses to NIHR’s Report
His Majesty the King of Bahrain praised the achievements and
activities included in the National Institution for Human Rights
(NIHR)’s report, aimed at promoting and developing human rights.
HM stressed on the importance of consolidating and disseminating
awareness of human rights. The King also emphasized that Bahrain
is committed to all treaties and international laws pertaining to
human rights and that establishing such rights in the community
and the state is a top priority.
For his part, the Crown Prince highlighted the role of specialized
national human rights institutions which undertake the responsibility
of evaluating and monitoring the implementation of human rights
standards, in an effective manner. HRH attributed the effectiveness
of such national institutions to their complete familiarity with
the specificity of local affairs and the appropriate manner of dealing
The Crown Prince noted that the NIRH report included a significant,
objective and comprehensive documentation of its functions in the
context of full autonomy; evident and transparent cooperation as
well as effective communication with the specialized organizations
and bodies both internally and abroad. HRH also noted that the report
involved monitoring, coordination and continuous follow-up with
the official authorities and bodies, and hence it is possible to
build on its recommendations.
His Royal Highness the Prime Minister, called on NIHR members
to “Stand up for human rights, particularly the right of the Bahraini
citizens to live without fear of terrorism and saboteurs” and “the
right of your country to enjoy security and stability”; pointing
out that Bahrain has enhanced its cooperation with all international
human rights organizations that share the same sincere orientation
to build nations rather than seeking a pretext to disseminate fallacies.
For his part, the Minister of the Interior noted the development
and upgrading programmes adopted by the Ministry with respect to
human rights and directed the Ministry officials to reply, in the
shortest time possible, to the items mentioned in the report concerning
the activities of the Interior Ministry. The Minister stressed the
Ministry’s keen interest to cooperate with the NIHR in improving
the local human rights situation.
The US Ambassador in Bahrain, Thomas Krajeski, described the
NIHR report as an important step for the promotion of human rights
in the Kingdom. He expressed his admiration of the significant details
included in the report, covering various aspects of human rights.
The ambassador also looked forward to the implementation of the
important recommendations included in the report, because that is
the next important step in this matter.
Washington’s ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC),
Keith Harper, welcomed the report stressing support for its recommendations
on the investigation into allegations of torture and abuse, as well
as continuing reforms. During his speech before the International
Human Rights Council, he encouraged all peaceful forces in Bahrain
to exert more effort; to make concessions and to achieve real progress
in the political process and reform.
Moreover, the German Government’s Commissioner for Human Rights,
Christoph Strässer, described the NIHR’s report as an important
document for the Bahraini human rights situation, and attributed
this to the report’s openness, transparency and candour. Thus, he
believes, it could become an important reference for achieving social
harmony in the long term.