7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
Local News

Bahrain's rights record praised

BAHRAIN has gone a long way in respecting and protecting human rights and earned regional and international praise, His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa said yesterday.

Bahrain has always favoured change and reform and its will to develop will always be there. What has been achieved testifies to it," he said as he received Human Rights Without Frontiers International director Willy Foutre.

HRH the Premier said the way Bahrain dealt with those who wanted to undermine national unity and stability was not different from that of any advanced country.

"Protecting human rights is a prime concern in democratic Bahrain," he said, urging international organisations to be fair when assessing the situation in the kingdom.

"We are treating our people like any other democratic country, given the life privileges enjoyed by citizens, including subsidies and exemption of taxes.

"Any human rights organisation or delegation is welcome, for there is nothing to hide," he said, stressing the kingdom's transparency and keenness to promote citizens' welfare. "However, like any other country, security and stability will remain a top priority."

HRH the Premier said Bahrain has founded a democratic society through constitutional institutions approved by a popular consensus. "Every constitutional institution is performing its duties according to its jurisdiction stipulated by the Constitution which guarantees basic rights and freedoms.

"Reform and progress will continue," he pledged, stressing that the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry and National Dialogue reflect His Majesty King Hamad's resolve to further promote transparency and justice.

l Labour Minister and Labour Market Regulatory Authority chairman Jameel Humaidan also received Mr Foutre. They discussed the protection of foreign workers' rights in line with international covenants and Bahrain's laws.

He outlined Bahrain's initiatives to protect expatriates' rights, including swapping employers.

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