A non-governmental organization called on the United Nations to exert efforts in bid to investigate the conditions of the prisons in Bahrain
During the 54th Regular Session of Human Rights Council on Thursday, Al Baraem Association for Charitable Work called on the world body to seek the release of inmates in the Gulf Kingdom.
“The United Nations has so far implemented 59 major activities in the Kingdom of Bahrain, in the context of achieving its national and international commitments to the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals,” the Beirut-based NGO’s representative Danielle Sophie during the general debate on Item 3.
“However, the Kingdom still has a long way to go in order to fully achieve the goals including items 10 and 16, in light of the demographic change that has affected Bahrain’s historical and demographic reality, not to mention its impact on the local population through the lack of job opportunities, health care, and education in areas of the indigenous Bahraini population. More than 1,300 political detainees are still in Bahrain prisons, especially the Jau Central prison, despite its inhumane living conditions. This situation is obstructing the implementation of item 16 of the Sustainable Development goals,” the NGO’s Sophie added.
She urged the UN, along with international bodies and non-governmental organizations to “work to investigate the conditions of Bahrain’s prisons and seek the release of its current inmates for the sake of sustainable justice.”
The representative then voiced the group’s readiness to develop an action plan in order to implement the goals “with transparency and establishing a comprehensive national partnership.”
Source: Al-Baraem Association for Charitable Work