Ban Ki-Moon reveals OHCHR’s
efforts in Support of Bahrain
The United Nations, through the Office of the High Commissioner
for Human Rights (OHCHR), has rendered an important service to Bahrain
that was noteworthy for reference in the UN Secretary-General’s
report to the Human Rights Council at its Twenty-Seventh session
in September 2014. The report included information on the activities
undertaken by the OHCHR for the establishment and enhancement of
the national human rights institutions and cooperation between these
institutions and the international human rights system.
With respect to legal advice, the Secretary-General stated that
the OHCHR has “provided legal advice on the draft law to amend the
decree establishing a national human rights institution in Bahrain,
to ensure its compliance with the Paris Principles”. The amendment
was actually adopted by the Bahraini parliament and a law was issued
in this regard.
In the area of capacity-building activities, the Secretary-General
said that “In cooperation with the national human rights commission
of Bahrain, OHCHR organized a series of national consultations on
various human rights issues, including a round table in April 2014
on the role of national human rights institutions in promoting and
protecting human rights”.
In his above-mentioned report, the Secretary-General of the United
Nations, encouraged states “to ensure that national human rights
institutions are provided with a broad mandate to protect and promote
all human rights, including economic, social and cultural rights,
and are granted adequate powers of investigation into allegations
of human rights violations, including an authorization to visit
detention centres”. He also encouraged countries to “ ensure that
national human rights institutions are provided with adequate human
and financial resources and enjoy the necessary autonomy to propose
and manage their own budgets and recruit their own staff members”,
as well as implementation of the recommendations of national human
rights institutions by the states concerned.
The Secretary-General encouraged national human rights institutions
“to continue to develop, and advocate for the development of, protective
measures and mechanisms for human rights defenders, and to disseminate
information thereon”, as well as “to continue to engage with the
international human rights system”.