Bahrain Human Rights Watchdog Seeks to Make a Difference
The first Bahraini human rights watchdog, Bahrain Human Rights Society (BHRS) said Sunday it hopes to make a real contribution to the development of Bahrain, and support the government in implementing the new reforms envisioned by the emir, reported the Gulf Daily.
The group won legal status early this month.
“The group will address issues affecting Bahrainis and expatriates,” said Sabika Al Najjar, the society’s interim president.
Its 16 founding members include lawyers, businessmen and the journalists, said the paper.
“We are going to try to concentrate on all important issues, whether political, labor or social,” Najjar said.
The society aims at monitoring the situation in Bahrain and informing officials about any violations of human rights.
It will work towards raising public awareness about human rights principles, United Nations conventions on human rights and Bahrain’s constitution, added the Gulf Daily.
“A new era is dawning in Bahrain and we hope to make a positive contribution,” Najjar said.
There are about 2000 NGOs functioning in Bahrain now, and the number is expected to rise after constitutional reforms were agreed in a referendum in mid-February -- Albawaba.com