The Ministry of Foreign Affairs presented on Thursday, February 4, 2017, the 3rd National Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Report on Human Rights to the United Nations Human Rights Council and the Geneva-based Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights OHCRH.
In this respect, the Assistant Foreign Minister, Abdullah bin Faisal bin Jabr Al Dossari, stated that the 3rd UPR Report contained the measures adopted by the Kingdom of Bahrain , in implementation of the recommendations that have been proposed by certain countries during UNHRC discussion of Bahrain’s Second UPR Report.
He added that the present report sheds light on the most important developments and achievements made over the past 4 years in reinforcing and protecting human rights in the different legislative, executive and judiciary areas and outlined the government plan of action for the period 2015-2018, which targets among others, the creation of a society characterized by justice, security, stability, prosperity and sustainable development.
He affirmed that His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa had anchored the roots of unflinching respect for the rights and basic liberties of human beings in the Kingdom of Bahrain which emanate from national religious values, the deep-rooted culture and the invariables of the National Action Charter (NAC)and the Constitution, with their present-day laws.
By presenting its 3rd UPR Report, the Kingdom of Bahrain has affirmed anew its respect for Human rights and basic freedoms in the framework of its NAC, National Constitution, legislations, its international commitments, the Government’s advanced programmes and policies, its openness to cooperation with relevant international sides and its resolve to continue building on the previous accomplishments in this field.
It is noteworthy that the report has pointed out to some challenges such as the strained regional situation, increasing extremism and terrorism and their impact on the Kingdom of Bahrain and the additional burden they placed on official sides in their endeavors to encounter these grave conditions.
It also noted the attempts of certain sides, under the claim of the Human Rights causes, to achieve petty political gains, while others have resorted to violence and terrorism jeopardizing innocent lives and hampering stability and development efforts, a situation that requires to be confronted with all legal means and within the framework of respect and protection of human rights.
Earlier, the Supreme Coordination Committee on Human rights had fostered during its 18th meeting held on January 23, 2017, the final report and recommended it be presented to the concerned side in the United Nations.
It is worth noting that the Committee is headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, with the membership of the concerned ministries and the Supreme Council for Women (SCW) , whose main task, among others, is to coordinate with the government sides in issues relating to human rights, each within its field of specialization.
The Committee also has had consultations with the relevant non-governmental organizations where some of them have presented their constructive observations and visions which were taken into consideration and integrated in the final report.
It is also worth noting that the United Nations General Assembly has initiated the UPR mechanism when it first established the Human Rights Council, with the aim of monitoring and emboldening the international efforts, aimed to ensure protection of and respect for human rights across the globe.
To this and on behalf of the ministry, the Assistant Foreign Minister valued the efforts of the government and non-government sides that contributed with their efforts and cooperated in preparing and readying the report in the required form, in accordance with the guideline principles and within the set time span.
It is scheduled for United Nations Human Rights Council to discuss the report of the Kingdom of Bahrain, on Monday 1st of May, 2017.