A Bahraini Anti-Hate and Sectarianism Committee

On 15 May 2014, the Bahraini Government issued an edict establishing a committee called the “Anti-Hate and Sectarianism Committee”, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Jawad bin Salim Al-Arayad, and including in its membership the Ministers of Interior, Education, Social Development and Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments.

The Committee shall propose and adopt policies and approaches, and prepare effective programmes to address the problem of hate discourses emanating from religious platforms, books, mass media, communication, education or through political and social forces. The Committee shall also be concerned with enhancing the spirit of tolerance, reconciliation and co-existence and consolidating the factors of unity in the Bahraini society.