British human rights activist visits Bahrain

Published January 1st, 2003 - 02:00 GMT

Leading British human rights advocate and member of the House of Lords, Eric Avebury, arrived in Bahrain on Tuesday in order to "take a closer a look" at the kingdom's ongoing democratic reforms. 


Lord Avebury, founder of the House of Lords human rights committee, is expected to spend six days in Bahrain.  


In the course of this period, he is due to meet with high-ranking officials, politicians and human rights activists, Nabeel Rajab, spokesman for the Bahrain Center for Human Rights told Gulf News daily. The visit is sponsored by four opposition groups. 


"He has always been interested in Bahrain; he is a friend of the Bahraini people," Rajab said.  


He added that Avebury wants to take a closer look at the recent developments in the political process of the country including the parliamentary elections and the establishment of human rights organizations. 


"The visit is also the lord's way of supporting His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa's reforms." ( 


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