Bahrain to set up humanitarian law panel
Manama, October 7, 2013
Bahrain has announced plans to set up a National Committee for International Humanitarian law.
Cabinet yesterday gave its initial approval to the proposal, which was presented by Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa.
It would allow Bahrain to exchange information and expertise with other national organisations concerned with upholding the principles of international humanitarian law, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
Minister of State for Information Affairs and official government spokeswoman Sameera Rajab unveiled the plan during a Press conference following the weekly Cabinet session at Gudaibiya Palace.
"It will formulate strategies and plans related to the international humanitarian law," she said.
"In particular, it will exchange information and expertise with other national organisations and committees concerned with this matter.
"It will also strengthen its efforts with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and other authorities concerned with the principles of international humanitarian law and its application."
The proposal has now been referred to Cabinet's ministerial committee for legal affairs for study.
Shaikh Khalid hoped to have it approved during the National Assembly's summer recess by Royal Decree, but it will now have to go through parliament and the Shura Council.-TradeArabia News Service