Human rights vow by Bahrain

   MANAMA: Bahrain stressed its commitment to uphold human rights values and respect international agreements it has signed.Human Rights and Social Development and Acting Health Minister Dr Fatima Al Balooshi said the Bahraini constitution guarantees freedom of expression as she received Human Rights Without Frontiers International director Willy Foutre.

She expressed delight at his visit to personally get acquainted with Bahrain’s ongoing efforts to further boost human rights and promote social and economic development.

“The leadership is continuously assessing the human rights scene from a purely humanitarian perspective and not from narrow political ones that depend on divisive visions of society,” she said.

Dr Al Balooshi reviewed efforts by official authorities to contain any fallouts of recent incidents. She cited the National Dialogue involving all political, economic, social and religious groups, formation of Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry and a Royal Decree to set up the National Victims’ Compensation Fund, affiliated with the Human Rights and Social Development Ministry.

“The fund is one of the humanitarian initiatives to promote values of tolerance and brotherhood among Bahraini people. It aims to compensate eligible victims for the harm caused to them by the unfortunate events which happened in February and March or similar incidents which happened later,” she said.

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