Geneva, March 2 (BNA): Foreign Minister Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani affirmed that the Kingdom of Bahrain is keen to respect human rights and civil, political, economic, social and cultural freedoms.
He pointed out that His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa laid the foundations of democracy and promoted the values of tolerance and peaceful coexistence among all religions, civilizations and cultures, with the support of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince. prime minister.
This came during the minister’s participation in the high-level segment – the 52nd regular session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
He congratulated Minister Vaclav Balik on his election as President of the Human Rights Council for this year, expressing his pleasure at participating in this high-level meeting of the Human Rights Council at its fifty-second session.
He affirmed the Kingdom of Bahrain’s pride in constructive cooperation and close partnership with the United Nations and its specialized bodies, including the Human Rights Council and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Dr. Al-Zayani said that Bahrain has fulfilled its international obligations in the field of human rights, through its transparent and effective discussion of the fourth national report within the Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights last November, and its comprehensive report before the Committee for the Elimination of Human Rights. Racial discrimination in the same month, the fourth report on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on February 14, and other reports.
He expressed Bahrain’s aspiration to present the second voluntary report on the implementation of the sustainable development goals before the high-level political forum of the Economic and Social Council next June.
He affirmed the Kingdom’s constant keenness to consolidate partnership and exchange experiences in the fields of human rights and development, by working to continue appointing a permanent coordinator for human rights in Manama in cooperation with the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and other joint aspects of cooperation. Coordination is underway in the implementation of the strategic cooperation and sustainable development framework document signed with 21 United Nations agencies.
The minister said that Bahrain, in terms of democratic practice, works within the framework of cooperation between the legislative and executive authorities to implement the government program (2023-2026) for the sixth legislative term entitled “From Recovery to Sustainable Growth,” which was discussed and approved by Parliament in January 2023.
The minister indicated that Bahrain places at the forefront of its priorities the promotion of human rights in security, justice and sustainable development, through the development of legislation, litigation mechanisms and services under the rule of law.
He added that Bahrain continued its distinction in protecting civil and political rights, foremost of which is freedom of opinion and expression on the basis of a fair and impartial judiciary, activating the role of independent human rights institutions, and the role of civil society through 660 civilians and workers. Political associations, in addition to promoting economic and social rights by raising them to second place in the Arab world and thirty-fifth globally in the list of countries with very high human development, according to the United Nations Development Program report for the year. 2022.
He explained that Bahrain had approved advanced and pioneering legislation at the regional level, and the establishment of a modern integrated complex of open prisons that includes residential, sports and educational units, health services, and the provision of psychological, social and educational services, to rehabilitate them. To integrate into society, in accordance with contemporary criminal systems in reform and rehabilitation, knowing that the Kingdom has a modern legislative system that supports family and social stability.
Regarding the progress made in the field of women’s rights, the minister indicated that the fourth national report before the CEDAW Committee monitored many positive indicators in light of the plans of the Supreme Council for Women headed by Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, wife. His Majesty the King and the initiatives of the Supreme Council for Women.
He added that Bahrain gathered its experience in peaceful coexistence and respect for religious freedoms to the world by organizing international conferences for religious and civilizational dialogue.
He said that within the framework of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s efforts to maintain a safe and stable environment for citizens and residents, the Kingdom seeks to continue its vital role in its regional and global environment as a partner in maintaining security and peace and combating extremism and terrorism. Work to settle regional and international disputes through dialogue and diplomatic means, reject foreign interference in the affairs of other countries, and promote international cooperation in protecting the environment and combating climate change, and their rights to security, prosperity and sustainable development.
He affirmed the Kingdom’s keenness to continue its cooperation with the United Nations through its various mechanisms, in a way that supports moving forward in protecting and promoting human rights and freedoms, and partnership in order to spread the values of peace, tolerance and human coexistence. and strengthening international peace and security.