Bahrain defends its human rights record

Geneva-(BNA)The Kingdom of Bahrain has  defended its record, as the 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) opened in Geneva, Switzerland.The delegation attending the session hit back at the Swiss representative who read a joint statement on behalf of a group of European countries, citing a number of allegations regarding the situation of

Geneva-(BNA)The Kingdom of Bahrain has  defended its record, as the 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) opened in Geneva, Switzerland.
The delegation attending the session hit back at the Swiss representative who read a joint statement on behalf of a group of European countries, citing a number of allegations regarding the situation of human rights in Bahrain.

While acknowledging the positive steps undertaken by the Government of Bahrain to consolidate human rights, the statement failed to take into account the tangible improvements officially documented in a series of reports issued since the beginning of this year.

In a counter statement, the Bahraini delegation cited particularly the report which was issued last February by the unit in charge of following up the implementation of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) recommendations.

The delegation deplored the statement which featured under article (2), and voiced concerns over such declarations which are repeatedly issued for no serious reasons or added value which may encourage Bahrain to continue promoting the culture and institution of human rights.

“The statement undermines the unrelenting and sincere efforts undertaken by the Kingdom of Bahrain to carry out human rights obligations, whether locally or internationally”, the delegation said, citing Bahrain’s commitment to implement the (BICI) recommendations and submit, of its own accord, a periodical report on the implementation of the periodical review recommendations.

The delegation deplored the fact that the joint statement put the chaos perpetrated by terrorists and extremists on par with the commitment of the security forces to utmost self-restraint when dealing with terrorist attacks endangering their lives as well as the lives of citizens and residents.

“Extremists find in such statements an excuse to continue crisis-mongering and political and security escalation in Bahrain”, the delegation said, urging the UNHRC member countries to ensure the accuracy of their information about the situation in Bahrain before issuing statements which are based on subjective and inaccurate allegations.

It called on UNHRC member countries to engage a bilateral and multilateral constructive dialogue with the Kingdom of Bahrain and take into account the efforts undertaken by the Government of Bahrain and its diplomatic mission to update them on human rights developments in Bahrain.

Thee delegation reiterated Bahrain’s commitment to continue efforts to achieve progress and foster human rights, regardless of the stances of some countries, and despite the terrorist escalation.

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