Establishing the Arab Court of Human Rights in Bahrain

September 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

On Monday, the Arab League finalized its decision establishing the headquarters of the Arab Court of Human Rights in Bahrain. This important initiative builds upon His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa’s ongoing commitment to expanding human rights and basic human liberties in Bahrain and across the Arab World. In fact, His Majesty was the driving force behind the Court’s creation in November 2011, when he argued that its establishment would represent an important step to keep pace with the aspirations of the Arab people.

The pan-Arab court is being hailed as a consolidation of human rights culture in the Arab world. It is a major stride on the right path to disseminate and protect human rights in the region, and in staying on the same track as other developed nations which boast significant progress in this field.

Bahrain has a firm resolve to spare no effort for the court to achieve its goals and promote the protection of human rights in the Arab World. It will operate under the framework of the Arab Charter on Human Rights, which has been ratified by the Arab states, including Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The charter was adopted by the Arab League in 2004, has been in force since March 2008, and affirms the principles contained in the United Nations Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenants on Human Rights and the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam.

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