Provisional UNHCR report on Bahrain

12 Mar, '08

unhcr-report-bahrain.jpgKiwi Nomad alluded to the “special” way that the GDN chooses to report the news, especially when the news is somewhat critical of the government. In this case, Geoff Bew seems to have chosen the ‘glass half full’ approach (of maybe his editor did? I don’t know) and printed the effervescent headline “UN report praises Bahrain’s progress” to describe how the UNHRC Advanced Unedited report on Bahrain human rights record classifies the country. While he is technically correct, the report does praise Bahrain for some advances, he neglected to highlight that more than half of the 45 issues raised are negative and urges Bahrain in unequivocal language to clean up its act.

You can download the report and read it yourself, but as far as I am concerned I fully stand by their requirements for change to the better – every single one of them – and I have called for the very issues to be championed and adopted.

I fully believe that should the government take up the task and implement the recommendations, our society as a whole will move inexorably forward to a better future.

I guess this is the golden opportunity for the government to show its probity by implementing the recommendations now, especially as parliament is a bit busy these days.

update 2306: hot on the heals of the UNHCR report, the US State Department released it’s report on Bahrain. Thanks to the BCHR for the heads up.

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  1. Jake says:

    Ha! Didn’t notice you complaining about the “special” way this chap reports the news when he was writing articles supporting your court battle!

    There’s gratitude for you!

  2. mahmood says:

    You might want to repost this observation to the right thread “Jake”. Thanks for bringing it up though, but I would have been more thankful (to you) had you outlined what was so “special” to Geoff’s piece and why I (or anyone else) should be overly grateful for a reporter reporting the news?

  3. Jake says:

    I take your point Mahmood 😳

  4. mahmood says:

    no harm done.

  5. Ali says:

    Thanks for the link to the US Report.

    It is nice to see a dispassionate yet accurate report about life in Bahrain – no blame or bias just fact. When you reports about other countries you have to wonder what all the fuss is about.

    Life here is not that bad really. . . .

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