Permanent Mission of Bahrain to the UN in Geneva addresses the right to reply to some of the Western statements
The Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Ambassador Dr. Yusuf AbdulKarim Bucheeri, made a statement at the General Debate under item (4) of the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council, currently held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, within the framework of the right to reply to the statements of Denmark, Ireland.
The Ambassador expressed his dissatisfaction with the use of the Council forum, and under this particular item, which was formed for the discussion of urgent issues, to attack the Kingdom of Bahrain and its human rights record, without taking into account all clarifications and explanations provided by Bahrain and on many occasions.
Dr. Bucheeri stated that the Kingdom's Constitution and national laws guarantee the right to freedom of opinion and expression, the right to peaceful assembly and the right to form associations in accordance with international standards, as fundamental rights for all without exception and discrimination, thus allowing a wide and unprecedented space in the region to exercise these rights with responsibility and a high sense of the interests, rights and duties of individuals and the community.
The exercise of these rights should not deviate from peaceful activities, and they should avoid violence, sabotage and damage to public and private interests, which requires intervention in accordance with the law in order to preserve public order as is the procedure in all countries of the civilized world.
The Ambassador said that it is not fair to compel any Government to exempt any individual from the application of the law, simply because of popularity and fame, no individual is above the law in any case, it is impossible to underestimate the extent of the crime or to consider the persons who carried it out as legitimate voices of political expression.
He added that there is a vast difference between fundamental freedoms and freedom of expression on the one hand, and criminal and terrorist methods on the other, especially at a time when the region has seen the spread of violent extremism as a tool to achieve political goals.
Dr. Bucheeri affirmed that the Kingdom of Bahrain will not allow, in any form or under any circumstance, to target its human rights record and developments day after day, and will not hesitate against the futile attempts to shed light on it and read it negatively in a manner that is not constructive or encouraging.
The Kingdom's Ambassador called on the countries to address the issues of intolerance, hatred and Islamophobia based on race, religion and belief, and to respect human rights and fundamental and cultural freedoms of minorities by adopting more positive and open procedures that guarantee cultural diversity and equality among people.