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Joint Statement on Bahrain at Human Rights Council 26th Session | Bahrain Center for Human Rights

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The Bahrain Center for Human Rights welcomes the joint statement about Bahrain read out at the 26th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. The BCHR especially thanks Switzerland for their leadership in pushing for this joint statement, and to Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, the United States of America and Uruguay who signed on. 

 

Item 2 – General Debate

10 June 2014, Geneva

Joint Statement on the OHCHR and the human rights situation in Bahrain

 

Mr. President,

I have the honour to make this statement on behalf of a group of 46 States.

We welcome the positive steps taken by the Government of Bahrain in order to improve the human rights situation. In particular, the establishment of the Office of the Police Ombudsman, the Special Investigation Unit, the Prisoners’ and Detainees’ Rights Commission and the creation of an NHRI. We urge these institutions to proactively fulfil their mandate and encourage the Government to uphold its commitment to these institutions and their independence. We also welcome the recent report of the Ministry of Interior’s Ombudsman.

We note with satisfaction that a technical visit of the OHCHR took place this year and that public consultations between all stakeholders, including civil society were conducted during the visit. We welcome the fact that the OHCHR was allowed to visit prisons and could support the parliament in the creation of the National Human Rights Commission to be in conformity with Paris Principles.

However, the human rights situation in Bahrain remains an issue of serious concern to us. We are concerned about the increases in long sentences for exercising rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association and the lack of sufficient guarantee of fair trial. We are concerned about the repression of demonstrations. There are also concerns that peaceful demonstrations are frequently disrupted by a minority of violent demonstrators. We expect that all sides refrain from violence. Furthermore, we are concerned about the continued harassment and imprisonment of persons exercising their rights to freedom of opinion and expression, including human rights defenders and journalists. We are troubled by continuing reports of ill-treatment and torture in detention facilities. We are also concerned about cases of arbitrary deprivation of nationality without due process. Lastly we are concerned that there is insufficient accountability for human rights violations and urge that all allegations are properly investigated including by the newly established institutions. In that regard we also note the need to continued efforts to judicial reform to ensure its independence, impartiality and improved capability.

We call upon the Government to address these concerns and expedite the full implementation of the recommendations received from the BICI and the UPR recommendations accepted by Bahrain by undertaking further measures, in particular amending and repealing legal provisions that unduly restrict human rights. We call on all parties to constructively and inclusively collaborate in this regard. We urge the Government to further enhance its cooperation with the OHCHR and the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council and to reschedule previously planned visits as soon as possible. We call on the authorities to pursue an open door policy for all civil society organisations.

We urge the Government to release all persons imprisoned solely for exercising human rights, including human rights defenders some of whom have been identified as arbitrarily detained according to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. We also urge the government to appropriately address reports of ill-treatment and torture of prisoners and to ensure an independent, thorough and impartial investigation and prosecution of these cases, as well as of other allegations of human rights violations.

We invite the Government to allow the OHCHR to establish a country office with a full mandate. We further invite the OHCHR to brief the Human Rights Council on the human rights situation and on the follow-up to its technical visit and we will continue to follow closely the developments in Bahrain. We also encourage the Government to further engage with this Council.

Thank you Mr. President.

 

The Bahrain Centre for Human Rights urges the Human Rights Council to adopt a resolution which would:

publicly condemn Bahrain’s continued human rights violations, especially torture and extrajudicial killings;call for the immediate release of all individuals imprisoned solely for exercising their rights to freedom of expression and freedom of association and peaceful assembly;call on the Bahraini government to implement the recommendations of the Bahrain International Commission of Inquiry in the context of the second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review; encourage the OHCHR to monitor the human rights situation in Bahrain and to report back on Bahrain’s progress on implementation of the recommendations;call on Bahrain to agree to establish a full mandate office for the OHCHR;call on Bahrain to immediately allow access to all Special Rapporteurs who have requested visits to Bahrain, especially the Special Rapporteur on Torture;call on Bahrain to submit the periodic treaty reports as obliged under human rights conventions, which they have exceeded to, and to sign optional protocols that were accepted during Bahrain´s Universal Periodic Review;

Please see the full recommendations to the OHCHR, undersigned by the BCHR and 20 other NGOs: http://bahrainrights.hopto.org/en/node/6890

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Getting help if you're poor a full-time job, study finds

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A study by the Auckland City Mission has revealed the reasons some New Zealanders are caught in a cycle of poverty.

The City Mission followed 100 poor families for a year to find out what's keeping them in poverty.

One of the issues is that applying for help from numerous agencies seems to be a full time job in itself.

"The amount of time and effort and often for nil result, just made just so much work moving around agencies to get their needs met," Diane Robertson, Auckland City Mission CEO told ONE News.

Families were asked to map out all the essential services they visited in a fortnight. In one case a family had appointments with 40 organisations including health organisations, finance companies, budgeting services and ACC.

Kat'z Ruatara's sickness benefit didn't go through so she went to the City Mission for food.

"Walking into WINZ and they're asking you 20 questions and all you want is a food parcel just to tie you over for the next few days till something comes through the bank," she says.

Another city mission client, Manu, says poor people are "bouncing around like ping pong balls" among agencies.

"I've been watching this for years. I'm quite fortunate that I have somewhere to live and a bit of knowledge of the system, but a lot of them don't," Manu says.

Diane Robertson says the study revealed people had to repeat the same story over and over to agencies.

"Whether it was a story about addiction in the family, or that they'd been raped, or anyone of those stories, they were telling complete strangers time and time and time again."

The city mission would like to see agencies and charity groups streamlined and working closer. The social welfare minister agrees. Paula Bennett says she would like to read the research and the sector is being constantly reviewed.

"I think that government, non-government, communities and obviously family themselves, we're all in this a bit together. So there is a role for each of us to think about how we can navigate the right services at the right time for people," she says.

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WORK FOR FAWCETTVACANCY: HEAD OF EXTERNAL RELATIONS (0.8 FTE)

We are looking for a fantastic media and communications professional to join our team.   This post will play a key role in delivering on our ambitions for the coming year and beyond and will lead on developing our external relations strategy. Working closely with the Policy and Campaigns team, you will be integral to achieving our campaigning objectives in election year. As well as increasing our media standing, you will lead on communicating with our growing supporter base to increase engagement with our campaigns, giving and membership.   You will bring a proven track record of media and communications work, passion for our cause, and a flair for written and interpersonal communication. We are offering the opportunity to lead our external relations work in a friendly and collaborative working environment.

Deadline, 10am on 20th August 2014.

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Black market medicinal cannabis in short supply | Echonetdaily

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The demand for black market medicinal marijuana has become so intense the Nimbin Hemp Embassy is urging people to ‘do it yourself’.

Embassy volunteers say they are fielding calls from across Australia on a daily basis from people desperate to get hold of either tinctures or oils to treat conditions ranging from cancer to epilepsy.

With medical cannabis advocate Tony Bower due to face court again this month, any remaining supplies of tincture are being reserved for the people, many of them children, that he has been supplying for free.

The Embassy has been selling ‘how to’ books for $2, with the proceeds going to Mr Bower’s legal defence.

Hemp Embassy volunteers Vanessa Toms and Donna Star told Echonetdaily that they were receiving up to 10 calls a day, with many more coming into the embassy.

‘The hardest thing is saying no to a parent with a sick child,” Ms Toms said.

‘I just had a lady in tears on the phone who is driving up from Victoria to Nimbin to buy some buds to make tincture because you can’t get decent mull in Melbourne, it’s all hydro,’ she said.

‘We have more than a 1000 people on the waiting list just for Tony’s product.’

Meanwhile, some local growers are attempting to meet the demand.

Some tincture is available in a few outlets, while others are defying police pressure to continue to supply the product over the internet.

Just recently Australian Federal Police arrested a person trading as The Don Medicinal Cannabis at Gold Coast airport.

Police confiscated 110 grams, or $11,000, worth of oil.

The 44-year-old is due to appear in Coolangatta Court on 8 September.

Meanwhile, almost 200,000 people have signed a petition calling on the NSW Govt to decriminalize medicinal cannabis, and a bill is expected to be tabled this month.

Coinciding with that, Lucy Haslam, whose son Dan is fighting terminal cancer, has started a fundraiser to conduct an advertising blitz to ‘ensure every MP knows how important it is for them to step up and change the laws’.

Premier Mike Baird has come out publicly saying that he would support the bill, but has expressed concerns about supply.

A Nimbin grower who asked to remain anonymous told Echonetdaily that there was plenty of expertise amongst local growers, who could be licensed to supply quality product.

The grower gave Echonetdaily a demonstration of how to make a particular type of tincture for pain relief, but he cautioned that there were a number of ways to make the product so that it dealt with specific illnesses or diseases.

Nimbin’s Hemp Embassy president Michael Balderstone also recently called on the government not to ignore the network and experience of Northern Rivers growers.

 
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Getting Out of Dodge — Medium

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