Human rights in spotlight at forum
Gulf Daily News Vol XXVI NO. 292 Tuesday 6 January 2004 Human rights in spotlight at forum
BAHRAIN'S achievements in democracy and human rights will come under focus at a regional conference in Sana'a, Yemen, next week. Bahrain Women's Society (BWS) president Dr Wajeeha Sadiq Al Baharna has been invited as a civil society representative from Bahrain to attend an Inter-Governmental Regional Confere-nce on Democracy, Human Rights and the Role of Law.
The three-day event, opening on Saturday, is being organised by No Peace Without Justice organisation in partnership with the Republic of Yemen.
It is being supported by the European Commission, under the auspices of the Presidency of the European Union.
High level delegations representing the executive and legislative institutions in the Arab world and representatives from neighbouring countries will attend the conference, said Dr Al Baharna.
High-ranking European and international authorities, including representatives from the European Union Presidency and European Commission, will also exchange ideas in an open dialogue, she told the GDN.
"Representatives of civil societies from Europe, America and the Middle East have also been invited, and I am proud to be one among them," said Dr Al Baharna.
"Invitations have also been sent to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and to the President and Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.
"The conference will deal with political and legal issues, starting from the latest developments within international law, human rights and democracy and the possible involvement of the Arab countries in this process."
Three specific themes will be discussed in separate sessions: the role of the International Criminal Court, the progress towards democracy in the region, and the role of civil society in that context.
"The conference will provide an opportunity for me to highlight Bahrain's achievements in the areas of democracy and human rights," said Dr Al Baharna.
"Bahrain has also been a model to other countries in women empowerment policies.
"I hope to talk about the progress achieved by Bahrain under its wise leadership and the kingdom's respect for democracy, international law and human rights."
Dr Al Baharna, who has represented Bahrain in several international conferences, was the first woman leader from the Gulf to be designated as "Ambassador for Peace" at an international conference held in New York in 2001.
She spoke on Bahrain's respect for all religions at the international meeting on Global Violence - Crisis and Hope.
The four-day assembly was organised by the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace and was attended by 400 representatives from 101 countries.
Dr Al Baharna also attended the UN World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2002.
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