Bahrain dissolves rights watchdog board

September 8, 2010

Bahrain’s social development ministry on Wednesday dissolved the board of Bahrain Human Rights Society (BHRS), citing legal and administrative irregularities.

“The main reason for the decision was a complaint made by a group of Bahraini journalists who were insulted by members of the society for merely requesting the society to extend their activities to all sections of the Bahraini community instead of limiting them to one section,” the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said the action against the society was prompted by the journalists’ complaints, but reinforced by other irregularities.

“We sifted through the society’s activities and found that it had not been neutral and that it violated the 1989 Societies Law in calling for its general assembly and electing a new board and in coordinating with unlicensed movements,” the ministry said.

A new director was appointed to run the society and oversee the drafting of financial and administrative reports, the ministry said, until a general assembly is held and a new board is elected.

BHRS, Bahrain’s oldest rights watchdog, was established in May 2001. It made history in 2005 by becoming the first Arab rights group to inspect a prison and issue a public report.



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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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