Al-Salman: Human Rights Council is capable of imposing binding measures on Bahrain to end human rights violations

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Bahrain
Friday, 13 June 2014

bahrain salman“Human Rights Council is capable of setting Bahrain as a successful universal example to other countries of concern but only after applying a strategy laid by the HRC and OHCHR to oblige Bahrain to address its human rights situation which is alarmingly deteriorating “, said Al-

Salman, head of Bahrain Religious Freedoms Unit in Bahrain Observatory for Human Rights.

Al-Salman is also a member of International Body for Universal Religious Freedom and the International Committee of the multi-religious cooperation with the United Nations.
Al-Salaman added, “The Bahraini human rights organizations which adopt international human rights standards and binding covenants seek to go further than documenting systematic abuses and defending human rights ensured by constitutional provisions and international bills”.
“These rights organizations have professionally succeeded in documenting human rights violations, in accordance to international laws and covenants”, he went on, “In a very short period of time (2 years), these human rights organizations have managed to transfer local human rights violations to international bodies so they can follow-up on the situation. This also provides for the OHCHR and the HRC Special Procedures to take the necessary measures against the human rights abuses in Bahrain”.
Al-Salman mentioned that Bahrain comes 3rd in terms of the number of complaints on human rights violations filed at the United Nations given its small size and other countries. This also reveals that the number of human rights defenders is actively growing in Bahrain, as the human rights awareness is widely spreading among all Bahrainis, he added.
“The complaints presented to the OHCHR and professional bodies in the UN included complaints of torture, freedom of religion and belief, freedom of expression, racial discrimination, harsh trials, excessive use of force and hate speech”, Al-Salaman added.
“The Government of Bahrain is troubled by being a small country with such an appalling record of human rights violations”, Al-Salman said, pointing out that for this reason Bahrain was chosen out of 193 States to be the centre of attention in a universal statement on the first day of the HRC’s 26th session, where it was urged to address its deteriorating human rights situation. However, it is working hard to deny the clear violations, instead of addressing the dangerous situation of human rights, he added.
Finally, Al-Salman called on the Human Rights Council to continue its engagement with Bahrain to set a universal example that can make a real change in the situation on the ground in Bahrain.
“The Human Rights Council should insist on establishing an OHCHR country office with full mandate in Bahrain and which include observing and documenting the violations and not just providing technical assistance and capacity-building and training as the Authority wishes”, he stated.
“Pushing for continued international mechanisms to closely monitor human rights in Bahrain is very essential and requires a clear resolution made by the Human Rights Council in its 27th session to put an end to the systematic violations and the sufferings of the Bahraini people”.

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