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Bahrain marks Arab Human Rights Day 2021

March 17, 2021

Bahrain has joined brotherly Arab countries in celebrating the Arab Human Rights Day 2021, observed today across the Arab world, amid its pride in its pioneering achievements in the fields of human rights respect and the consolidation of the state of law and institutions, within the comprehensive development march spearheaded by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and supported by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister.

Human rights enjoy the constant interest of HM the King, and they are protected by legislative and legal tools, in addition to independent institutions that play a crucial role in protecting rights and public liberties.

Bahrain is a leader in supporting the Arab institutional and judicial work, as it was among the first countries that ratified the Arab Human Rights Charter in 2006, in addition to HM King Hamad’s call for establishing the Arab Court for Human Rights.

In 2019, the Arab League’s “Charter Committee” lauded Bahrain’s national human rights report, and in 2021, the Arab Parliament praised the kingdom’s wide-ranging reforms in the fields of human rights protection and respect for the freedoms of expression and opinion thanks to its advanced constitutional, judicial and parliamentary institutions. The Arab Parliament also rejected foreign interference in Bahrain’s domestic affairs.

The Kingdom of Bahrain, out of its belief in the global dimension of human rights, has consolidated its status as a pioneering model for the respect of human rights and religious freedoms, through the establishment of the King Hamad Global Center for Peaceful Coexistence, the foundation of the King Hamad Chair for peaceful coexistence at Italy’s La Sapienza University, and the launch of the “Kingdom of Bahrain Declaration”, the International Day of Conscience and many awards for service to humanity, education, sustainable development, women empowerment and youth.

Bahrain also signed the Strategic Partnership Framework Agreement with 16 UN agencies to support UN goals of safeguarding peace, security, human rights and sustainable development.

The kingdom also presents its national reports to UN agencies on a regular bases, which earned it international confidence in its human rights accomplishments, which led to its winning the membership of the UN Human Rights Council for 2019-2022, ranking high in many international reports on human resources development and reaching the Tier 1 status in the US State Department Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report for three straight years.

In addition, the kingdom recently enacted a package of legislation and laws that guarantee rights, public freedoms and human dignity, including Law 18/2017 regarding alternative punishment and penalties, and Law 4/2021 on the promulgation of the Corrective Justice Law for Children and their Protection from Ill-Treatment, which adds to the kingdom’s rich record of laws that respect human rights, protect children, and ensure economic and social rights for various social segments, including women, the elderly and people with special needs, in addition to guaranteeing social insurance, protecting the right to education, health and work, as well as combating trafficking in persons.

The celebration of this year’s Arab Human Rights Day, themed “The Right for Health”, is an opportunity to highlight the honourable human rights record of Team Bahrain, led by HRH Crown Prince and Prime Minister, and its success in setting the example in fighting the pandemic through taking a series of measures that have contributed to mitigating the effects of COVID-19, sustaining the development process, protecting the economic and social rights and giving priority to the health and safety of the citizens and residents.

In this regard, the kingdom set a global humanitarian example through providing various vaccines free of charge for all the citizens, residents and inmates, without discrimination, which reflects Bahrain’s deep-rooted respect for human rights.

Under the leadership of HM the King and the support of HRH Crown Prince and Prime Minister, the kingdom will continue consolidating its status as a pioneer in human rights respect and rule of law, as well as a beacon of tolerance, moderation, peaceful coexistence.

The kingdom affirms its deep pride in its national unity and sustainability of development, democratic and civilisational achievements.