Bahrain to send delegation on European tour
Manama, May 22, 2011
A top-level delegation will tour European countries on a mission to reveal the truth about what happened in Bahrain during recent unrest.
The National Assembly team will bid to debunk fallacies and correct the wrong image spread by the media, distorting the reality of events which gripped the kingdom.
'The tour will include Belgium, France and Britain,' Shura Council foreign affairs, defence and national security committee chairman Dr Salah Ali said.
The delegation will visit the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, and hold a series of meetings with committees in charge of foreign affairs and human rights, in addition to the committee in charge of the Arabian Gulf region.
'We will meet these parties and outline the reality of the crisis which gripped Bahrain recently. We will also spare no effort to project the real image and debunk the fallacies, being spread by certain parties as well as satellite TV channels,' he said.
The delegation will talk about Bahrain's fledgling democracy as well as its landmark achievements since His Majesty King Hamad initiatiated pioneering reforms, ushering in development achievements and modernisation strides.
Freedom of opinion, the bicameral system, the separation of the executive, legislative and judicial powers will all be explained.
The delegation is also expected to meet chairmen of heads of foreign affairs and international relations in both the French Parliament and Senate.
It is also scheduled to hold a series of meetings with other key organisations, particularly Medecins Sans Frontieres, Reporters Sans Frontieres, the International Human rights Federation and brief them on acts of sabotage inflicted upon Bahrain's health and educational establishments as well as the misuse by some doctors and nurses of Bahrain's largest hospital - Salmaniya Medical Complex - thus flouting the code of medical ethics.
The delegation will also outline the way children were manipulated for political designs, in flagrant violations of the international covenants guaranteeing children's basic rights.
The delegation is also set to meet two members of the House of Lords and House of Commons in addition to decision-makers.
It will also hold a Press conference to debunk rumours and fallacies spread by certain satellite TV channels and newspapers in a bid to distort the truths and defame Bahrain's democratic experience regionally and internationally.
Led by Dr Salah Ali, the delegation includes Shura Council members Abdulrahman Jawaheri, Samira Rajab, Nancy Khedoury, MPs Ahmed Ibrahim Al Mulla, Dr Ali Ahmed Abdulla, Latifa Mohammed Al Gaoud and Isa Abduljabbar Al Kooheji.-TradeArabia News Service