International Praise of the Reforms and Bahrain Vows to Continue on the Same Path

The American President, Barak Obama, praised the reforms initiated by the King of Bahrain Sheikh Hamad bin Esa Al -Khalifa, and the modernization of the state institutions. He noted that Bahrain is being praised internationally for the reforms made. This was mentioned last June during his meeting with the Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al- Khalifa.

On the other hand, the President of the UN Human Rights Council, Eric Tistounet, praised Bahrain’s human rights file after being reviewed as part of the Universal Periodic Review mechanism. In order to achieve this success Bahrain was required to work with both national institutions and civil society organizations.

On another related subject, the Bahrain Prime Minister, Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman Al –Khalifa, affirmed Bahrain’s commitment to promote human rights at the local and international levels. This was stated in a letter delivered to the former President of the UN Human rights Council, Dr. Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi, on 9 July 2009, in which he called for unifying efforts to ensure the realization of justice and that human rights principles are used for the benefit of the international community.