GIDHR Participation in HRC 33rd Session


September 26,2016

Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR) in Australia had participated in the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva. Mr Ghassan Khamis, the head of the International Relations Committee, attended the Council on behalf of GIDHR from September 19, 2016 until September 26, 2016.

On Monday, September 19, Mr Khamis met with Mr Alexander Chapman, the Second Secretary at the Australian Permanent Mission to United Nation, and introduced GIDHR and its strategy in focusing on the Gulf region.

On Tuesday, September 20, Mr Ghassan Khamis met with Mrs Hannah McGlade, a professor in University of Curtin in Perth and UN Senior Indigenous Fellow. Mr Khamis explained the need to classify the Bahraini Shiites as indigenous people and the government policy of sectarian persecution.

On Wednesday, September 21, Mr Ghassan Khamis met with Mr Keith M. Harper, the US Ambassador Representative to Human Rights Council in Geneva and introduced GIDHR and its strategy in focusing on the Gulf region. He explained targeting the human rights defenders and the opponents. Mr Khamis also met with Mr Julian Braithwaite, the ambassador and permanent representative at the United Kingdom Mission. They discussed the sectarian discrimination against the Bahraini Shiites.

On Thursday, September 22, Mr Khamis met with Mr Leigh McCumber, the Canadian Mission in Geneva. They discussed the sectarian discrimination against the Bahraini Shiites.

On Friday, September 23, Mr Khamis with five Bahraini human rights organizations attended a meeting with Ms Renee Arian, the Human Rights Adviser for Middle East at the Australian Permanent Mission to Untied Nation. They discussed various topics regarding the repression in Bahrain. Mr Khamis, also, met with Mrs Agathe Artus, a member in Swiss Journalism Union. They discussed the situation and targeting the press and social media in Bahrain and the Gulf.

Mr Ghassan Khamis attended several sessions, meetings, protests and press conference during his visit to the Human Rights Council in Geneva.