Participation in the Human Rights Council Sessions


Between the 27th of February and the 24th of March 2017, the Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR) have partook in the 34th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, held in Geneva. Mr. Ghassan Khamis; Chairman of the International Relations Committee has represented the GIDHR.

Mr. Khamis has attended several events and side sessions on the sidelines of the session; orchestrated by various international and Bahraini human rights organisations, and which dealt with the human rights situation in several countries.

On more than one occasion, Mr. Khamis has highlighted the increasing cases of death penalty sentences and the nationality revocation; against dissidents on political grounds.

Further. Mr. Khamis has met the High Commissioner’s Assistant Mohamed Nahnuh and discussed the deteriorating human rights situation in Bahrain.

Mr. Khamis and other Bahraini activists have also met the UN Special Rapporteurs on enforced disappearances, peaceful assembly, freedom of expression, torture and the protection of human rights activists.

The meetings dealt with the human rights violations and abuses committed against dissents, rights activists and opponents in the country, in addition to the restrictions imposed on civil and political rights and freedoms; particularly the closure of al-Wasat newspaper, the travel bans on dissidents and other practices.