GCC mulls the establishment of a human rights commission

June 23, 2010

The foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council, an alliance of six Arabian Gulf states, have recommended the establishment of a human rights commission.

The panel will highlight the steps taken by the GCC states to improve the rights situation of the Gulf citizens in line with Arab and Islamic values, the ministers said at the end of a one-day meeting held in Manama to discuss several issues.

Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have often complained that reports issued by international organizations often tended to undervalue or ignore their achievements in their reports.

The call for the establishment of the commission was among a series of recommendations issued by the ministers as they reviewed Bahrain’s proposal to enhance the efficiency of the council established in Abu Dhabi in 1981.

Bahrain’s vision, presented by King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa at the Kuwait GCC summit in December, included economic, security and military cooperation, human rights, the implementation of decisions taken by the GCC leaders and economic relations with Asia.

“The meeting was fruitful and there were several agreements,” Kuwait’s foreign minister Shaikh Mohammad Salem Al Sabah said at the end of the discussions. “There will be further discussions to address the issues that needed further attention,” he said.




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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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