The British Ambassador Meets
Bahraini Human Rights Organizations
The British ambassador to Bahrain, Simon Martin, met with representatives
of human rights organizations in Bahrain on February 3, 2016. Ambassador
Martin described the meeting as a “fruitful.”
Human rights activist, Nidal Al Salman, who attended the meeting,
emphasized that the meeting was positive, pointing out that the
British ambassador stressed the need to reach out to the civil society
and indicated that no reform can take place without the exchange
of views and discussion to arrive at solutions that suit everyone.
She added that the ambassador spoke about the importance of Bahrain’s
establishment of human rights bodies, such as the Office of the
Ombudsman, and explained his government’s efforts to contribute
to the success of their work, through training and surveillance.
For their part, human rights activists, according to Al Salman,
welcomed the establishment of the official human rights bodies,
but at the same time expressed regret, that these bodies did not
prove their effectiveness and impartiality when filing complaints,
as hoped by human rights activists.
At the end of the meeting, the activists who attended the meeting
said that the meeting with the British ambassador represents a “good