HRFS welcomes the set up of the GCC human rights panel
Arab News,a daily English newspaper in Saudi Arabia published on July 9th:
GCC to set up human rights panel
Human Rights First Society (HRFS) an unlicensed NGO in Saudi Arabia welcomes the announcement to set up the first human rights panel/commission in the Gulf Cooperation Countries(GCC).
Human Rights First Society,Saudi Arabia emphasizes the following:
1-We welcome the announcement's emphasis that the panel/commission will have independent and impartial experts as members and employees but we reserve accepting this statement until the announcement of the list of members.
2-We call on the GCC governments to choose the members of the panel from NGOs (Non Government Organizations) and HRDs (Human Rights Defenders) that have proven in the past that they were free from governments' spheres in the member states.
3-The panel should be formed on the basis of:
-Inclusion of all religious minorities in the region.
-Where applicable in the member states citizens from religions other than Islam should be represented.
-The panel/commission members should represent all ideologies and political factions in the member states.
4-Member states' governments should insure the full independence of this panel/commission and should not allow any of the ministries of interior in the member states to interfere with its mission.
5-The mandate of this panel/commission should be powerful and unconditionally in favor of full respect and protection of human rights based on The International Declaration of Human Rights and ALL human rights conventions.
6-All members and employees of this panel/commission should enjoy full immunity from prosecution, intimidation, interrogation and harassment resulting from their work with the panel-commission.
7-The panel-commission mandate should unconditionally allow it to work,collaborate and coordinate with:
-UN,EU HR mechanisms.
-International,regional and national HR and legal organizations.
-Parliamentarian HR committees and subcommittees in any country in the world.
Human Rights First Society,Saudi Arabia
July 9th, 2010