NIHR’s delegation meets Asia-Pacific Program Secretary-General

Geneva, Feb 19 (BNA) — The National Institution for Human Rights (NIHR)’ delegation today met the Secretary-General of the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT), Mark Thomson, and Director of the Asia-Pacific Program, on the sidelines of the participation of the NIHR’s delegation in the 57th session on the discussion of the third report

Geneva, Feb 19 (BNA) — The National Institution for Human Rights (NIHR)’ delegation today met the Secretary-General of the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT), Mark Thomson, and Director of the Asia-Pacific Program, on the sidelines of the participation of the NIHR’s delegation in the 57th session on the discussion of the third report of the Kingdom of Bahrain before the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

The meeting discussed aspects of cooperation between the NIHR and APT and agreed to organize a number of training programs, in the near future, to build the NIHR’s capacity in the fight against torture.

NIHR’s delegation’s Head, Abdulla Ahmed Al-Drazi, gave an overview of the NIHR’s role in promoting and protecting human rights in Bahrain and the mechanisms of submitting complaints to the NIHR, pointing out the NIHR had carried out five visits to prisons in Bahrain in response to complaints received by the NIHR or according to news published in local newspapers on reporting torture cases in some prisons.

APT’s Secretary-General hailed the NIHR’s efforts in promoting and protecting human rights and the establishment of the Prisoners and Detainees Rights Commission that adds a new value to the human rights work in Bahrain.

The meeting was also attended by Member of Board of Commissioners, Chairman of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Dr. Mai Suleiman Al-Otaibi and Member of Board of Commissioners, member of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Dr. Fawziya Saeed Al-Saleh.

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