The Assistant Foreign Minister, Abdulla bin Faisal bin Jabur Al Doseri, chaired today (Monday – 23 January, 2017) the meeting of the Supreme Coordination Committee for Human Rights.
The Committee discussed a number of issues related to the obligations of the Kingdom of Bahrain towards the mechanisms of various treaties and the Human Rights Council. It focused on the third report of Kingdom of Bahrain on the Universal Periodic Review and the initial report of Bahrain on the Special International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, in addition to a number of incoming letters to the Kingdom of Bahrain on a number of topics related to human rights.
Mr Al Doseri presented the third report of Kingdom of Bahrain on the Universal Periodic Review, which was approved in its final form and it was agreed to send it to the High Commissioner for Human Rights Office, which is scheduled to discuss the report during the period of the 1st to the 12th of May, 2017. The Assistant Foreign Minister also presented the report of Bahrain on the Special International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which was discussed and approved in its final form to be presented to the relevant committee for human rights at the United Nations.
The meeting also discussed a number of letters and urgent appeals received by the Kingdom of Bahrain as well as allegations concerning human rights issues. The committee was directed to take the relevant measures in this regard.
The meeting was attended by committee members representing various government ministries.
Decision No. 14 for 2014 was issued by the Cabinet on the establishment of the committee, which is responsible for setting up a mechanism of coordination to ensure the achievement of the best policies dealing with human rights issues, and coordination in the preparation of responses to the statements and queries issued by the organizations and associations in Bahrain and abroad on human rights.
This is in addition to coordination in the preparation of reports that the Kingdom of Bahrain is committed to and present them according to the agreements ratified by the Kingdom in the field of human rights. The Committee meets at the invitation of its chairman on a regular basis, or whenever the need arises.
At the end of the meeting, Mr Al Doseri thanked the committee members for the cooperation and communication with the various government bodies and institutions during the preparation of the reports in a sufficient and timely manner.
He said that this positive cooperation from various official and civic bodies was in line with the reform process of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, which contributes in supporting joint work to bolster and develop human rights for the benefit of the Kingdom of Bahrain in all fields.
He added that the Kingdom of Bahrain continues to express its ongoing commitment to international obligations related to human rights and to pursue a policy of constructive cooperation with the relevant international organizations.