GENEVA: Bahrain yesterday hit back at a senior UN official for criticising the kingdom’s human rights record.
Bahrain’s permanent representative to the UN office and other international organisations, Dr Yousif Abdul Kareem Bucheeri, rejected statements by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) Zeid Al Hussein as “mere groundless allegations”.
Dr Bucheeri was speaking at the interactive dialogue of UNHCR in Geneva.
He affirmed that the national law takes into account human rights and there are safeguards in Bahrain that have been established in accordance with international standards of human rights, and that the alleged “increasing limitations imposed on civil society and political action are not true”.
The ambassador added that the alleged ban on travel and dissolution of one of the societies is not correct as the only dissolved society was upon adjudication in light of the many grave violations it committed, targeting the principle of rule of law, supporting terrorism and camouflaging violence.
However, he said, no travel ban has ever been imposed on any human rights advocates with except of the orders issued by the general prosecution against individuals pending investigation in incidents punishable by law.
“In Bahrain, societies enjoy the right to freedom of peaceful expression, assembly, formation of associations and demonstrations is safeguarded in national legislation on condition they remain disciplined and observant of the rule of law and human rights and provided that they do not swerve to violence or be exploited to assault people and private and public property.”
Dr Bucheeri expressed surprise over the High Commissioner’s concern over what he called “increasing violations of human rights in the kingdom”, saying that what is strange is that he does not rely in his claims on any tangible facts.
“It would be better for him to confront the kingdom with such allegations giving proofs so that he could obtain accurate answers.”
The permanent representative affirmed that claims of human rights violations and oppression are mere groundless allegations because the democratic constitutional system of Bahrain with its legislative and judicial institutions, along with the government agencies concerned and their practices on the ground speak for themselves and stand as evidence of human rights safeguards.
He concluded by saying that Bahrain looks forward to co-operating with the High Commissioner for Human Rights, avail of the interactive dialogue and co-ordinate with stakeholders to support human rights and the rule of law and equality as common goals.
GENEVA: Bahrain yesterday hit back at a senior UN official for criticising Bahrain’s human rights record.
Bahrain’s permanent representative to the UN office and other international organisations, Dr Yousif Abdul Kareem Bucheeri, rejected statements by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Al Hussein as “mere groundless allegations”.
Dr Bucheeri was speaking at the interactive dialogue of UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva.
HRC sessions commenced in Geneva on February 27 and will continue until March 24.