NIHR’s Committee on General Rights and Freedoms convenes its 13th Teleconference Meeting

14 Apr 2020

The National Institution for Human Rights (NIHR)’s Committee on General Rights and Freedoms has convened its virtual teleconference meeting under the chairpersonship of Dr. Bader Mohamed Adel and membership of Mr. Ahmed Mahdi Alhaddad and
Mrs. Wedad Radhi Almoosawi.

The Committee opened its meeting by congratulating His Royal Highness Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Prime Minister, on the adoption of the initiative of His Royal Highness designating 5 April as an International Day of Conscience during the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, with the aim to motivate international community to resolve disputes peacefully, believing that the only way of world peace is the prevention of disputes and the treatment of their root causes through dialogue and negotiation, in order to ensure that future generations exercise all rights and fully participate in the development of their communities.  It is a courageous humanitarian initiative launched by His Royal Highness in an attempt to revive and emphasize the value of conscience that distinguishes between right and wrong, good and evil, and refutes violence and hatred in the world.

The Committee reiterated its appreciation for Bahrain’s efforts and great attention to the right to health, through its precautionary measures and steps in order to spread awareness, educate the community about Coronavirus (Covid-19), and take all actions to limit its spread in order to preserve the health and safety of citizens and residents.

The Committee also continued its proposals and scenarios for the activities that the NIHR intends to hold this year, which aim to promote and protect various human rights, including civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, and dedicate their value in the community in line with the NIHR’s 2019-2021 Strategy and Action Plan.

The Committee has concluded its meeting by discussing its previous resolutions and recommendations and the actions taken thereupon.  The Committee also examined its observations to its report on child labour prepared in light of the US Ministry of Labour on Child Labour in the Kingdom of Bahrain.