On Friday, April 28 2017, a delegation from the Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR) have visited the Embassy of the Belgian Kingdom in the Australian capital Canberra.
The delegation met the Belgian ambassador Mr. Gin Los Podson, within the GIDHR’s agenda of strengthening cooperation frameworks with the diplomatic institutions in order to improve the rights situation in the region.
Initially, the delegation have reflected the GIDHR’s objectives, its vision and concerns to promote rights awareness and the principles of democracy.
Then, they have highlighted the deterioration of the human rights conditions in Bahrain and the government’s response to the recommendations released by the Human Rights Council and the Universal Periodic Review, which worsen the situation in the country.
Moreover, the delegation have shed light on some examples of the ongoing blatant human rights violations practiced against opponents; including: Nationality revocation, death penalty based on trials that do not meet the minimum international standards of fair trial, travel bans on the activists, torture against prisoners of conscience and depriving them from their fundamental rights.
At the end of the visit, Mr. Podson has expressed his readiness to cooperate with the Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights and to forward its monthly and periodic reports to the relevant authorities.