Bahrain - Establishment of a National Human Rights Institution
(Thursday, November 12, 2009)
King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa issued on November 11, 2009 a Royal Order that establishes "The National Institution for Human Rights". The order is composed of 15 articles which stipulate that the institution is independent, reports to the King, and is headed by a president, two deputies and 20 members who will be selected from advisory committees, academic institutions and civil society organizations. Women will be appropriately represented in the National Institution for Human Rights.
The Royal Order defined the jurisdiction of the institution as: formulating a strategy for enhancing and protecting human rights in Bahrain in accordance with the Kingdom's international commitments; disseminating human rights culture; receiving complaints pertaining to human rights; cooperating with State agencies in preparing regular reports on human rights; organizing conferences and publishing bulletins and reports on Bahrain's efforts in enhancing human rights; training employees of institutions that deal with public freedoms and political rights.
The Royal Order also stated that the new human rights institution will receive financial allocations from the State budget, and is allowed to receive contributes and voluntary aid in line with the Kingdom's laws and regulations.
Source: Bahrain News Agency, AFP, Al-Arab, Al-Sharq – Qatar,