The Cabinet

Decision No. 14 for 2014
On Re-organizing the High Coordination Committee for Human Rights


The Prime Minister:

Being cognizant of decree-law (40) for 2012 on ministerial appointments, law by decree (51) for 2012 on renaming the Ministry of Human Rights and Social Development, law by decree (50) for 2012 on the establishment and formation of the High Coordination Committee for Human Rights, and on the basis of the proposal made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and endorsed by the cabinet, it has been decided to:
Article I
Reorganize the High Coordination Committee for Human Rights, established pursuant to decision (50) for 2012, chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and having the following members:
1
A representative from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2
A representative from the Ministry of human Rights
3
A representative from the Ministry of Interior
4
A representative from the Ministry of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowment
5
A representative from the Ministry of Education
6
A representative from the Ministry of Social Development
7
A representative from the Ministry of Health
8
A representative from the Ministry of Labor
9
A representative from the Supreme Council for Women
10
A representative from the National Security Agency
11
A representative from The Public Prosecution
12
A representative from The Information Affairs Authority
13
A representative from the Civil Service Bureau
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs shall issue a decision to nominate the members on the basis of the nominations made by the above concerned sides. The Committee shall select, during its first meeting, one of the members for the post of a Deputy Chairman, to replace the chairman in his absence.
Article II
The membership is of three years, renewable for similar periods. In case of vacancy for any reason, the vacant position is filled in the same way by someone who represents the same side to continue the predecessor’s remaining period.
Article III
The Committee assumes the task of coordination with government bodies with regard to all matters pertinent to human rights and in accordance with each side’s competence, especially in:

1- Establishing the coordination mechanism that leads to the best policies in dealing with human rights issues.
2- Preparing a national plan for human rights on the government level and present it to the cabinet for approval.
3- Coordinating responses to incoming data and queries about human rights from local and foreign organizations and associations.
4- Coordinating the preparation of reports that the Kingdom of Bahrain is committed to present in implementation of the terms of the human rights agreements it has joined.
5- Looking into the demands submitted by international human rights organizations which wish to send their representatives to the Kingdom of Bahrain.
6- Observing implementation of human rights related recommendations and raising reports on them to the cabinet.
7- Bringing into harmony the plans of the Ministry of Human Rights and the government bodies’ human rights requirements and situations
8- Preparing an annual training plan in the human rights field
9- Raising s human rights-related recommendations or visions to the cabinet
10- Compiling studies to bring into harmony the local laws and the human rights agreements which the Kingdom of Bahrain is part of.
11- Any other topics referred to it by the Committee Chairman.
Article V
The Committee takes its decision by majority vote and in case of a tie, the chairman’s vote prevails.
Article VI
The Committee chairman appoints a rapporteur who will be in charge of preparing the committee agendas, inform members and record the minutes of its meetings.
Article VII
The Committee has the right to form sub-committees with experts its members or others to study one or more of the referred subjects.
Article VIII
The Committee has the right to seek the assistance of who it sees suitable and of broad expertise, either from inside or outside the Kingdom of Bahrain. They attend the Committee meeting and offer advice but have no right to participate in deliberations vote.
Article XIV
The Minister of Foreign Affairs shall implement this decision, which will go into force from the date of its issuance and be published in the official Gazette.
The Prime Minister
Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa
Issued on: 9th of Rajab 1435 Hijri
Corresponding to 8th of May, 2014 AD