Bahrain Human Rights Monitor
After many great efforts, the Bahrain Human Rights Monitor was
established in London to join a group of local, regional and international
human rights organizations concerned with monitoring and developing
human rights in Bahrain, and promoting Bahraini citizens' rights
on the ground. The Monitor aims to strengthen relations between
the civil society organizations, official bodies and international
human rights organizations in order to take charge of defending
The Monitor also provides ideas, analyses and news follow ups;
advises human rights organizations; issues reports and publications
in its field of expertise; contributes to human rights events, conferences,
and workshops to strengthen the civil society actors, in order to
carry out their duty to the fullest extent, and in accordance with
the requirements of international standards.
The Monitor will be issuing two monthly newsletters, in English
and Arabic, in recognition of the importance of establishing channels
of communication with human rights institutions and activists interested
in Middle Eastern issues in general, and in Bahrain in particular.
The two newsletters will strive to be an unbiased and respectable
voice for those seeking the truth and those aiming to achieve a
better human rights future.
It is evident from this first issue that the Newsletter aims
to monitor both negative and positive developments relating to human
rights in Bahrain, as well as monitors the activities of the civil
society institutions, and all government decisions and legislations
derived from executive, legislative and judicial institutions related
to human rights. The Newsletter provides analytical articles of
the most important issues and events related to human rights, as
well as producing a series of reports and research which shed light
on the various aspects of human rights in the Kingdom, such as:
freedom of expression and press, women's rights, the rights of migrant
workers, political reforms, and legislation issued post-2001. We
ultimately try to provide a comprehensive view of the human rights
situation by learning from the past, analysing the present and envisioning
prospects for the future.
Indeed, the planned activities of the Bahrain Monitor transcend
research and press related activities, and will exert efforts to
monitor and document the day to day developments in human rights,
and to keep a close contact with local and international human rights
organizations to maximise cooperation and coordination.