UK experts to train rights staff in Bahrain
Manama, June 27, 2013
Experts from London will be brought in to train staff at Bahrain's National Institute for Human Rights (NIHR), a report said.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was yesterday signed with the International Bar Association's (IBA) Human Rights Institute to provide legal advice and train employees, according to the report in the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
It will last for 12 months and could be extended, said NIHR vice-chairman Dr Abdulla Al Deerazi.
"This MoU looks to not only train employees at the NIHR but to also outline training for various bodies and NGOs in Bahrain," he said.
"It aims to serve human rights following the directives of His Majesty King Hamad when he ordered the establishment of the NIHR.
"It is a pioneering step towards achieving goals of the NIHR and boosting co-operation with the IBA. It focuses on legislation and legal matters as well as judicial issues and builds the capacity of NIHR staff and commissioners."
Dr Al Deerazi was speaking following a ceremony during which NIHR secretary-general Dr Ahmed Farhan signed the agreement with IBA Human Rights Institute senior programme lawyer Alex Wilks at the NIHR headquarters in Seef.
Dr Farhan revealed the MoU was the first to be signed with a pioneering institute, but it does not underestimate the role of the NIHR.
"The MoU looks to provide expertise in legal and training fields to the NIHR and other NGOs in Bahrain," he said.
"It is the first agreement to be signed with such an international and reputable organisation and will only be the beginning of more co-operation. It is also part of a four-year plan being outlined by the NIHR for programmes that aim to raise awareness on human rights and promote and protect it in Bahrain."
Wilks said around seven programmes will be launched within the six months to include workshops on torture, discrimination, women's issues as well as discussions of international agreements to protect children.
"These are some of the programmes the NIHR is looking to introduce within six months," said Dr Farhan.
"We are also seeking to co-ordinate with a children's society for a programme that could be launched during Ramadan to raise awareness among children about their rights. The NIHR is also working with Bahrain University to provide practical training for law students."
Wilks said the creation of the NIHR was an important step to protect human rights in Bahrain. "The training is scheduled to take place in September this year and could be the basis for future projects and collaboration." – TradeArabia News Service