The Kingdom of Bahrain has strong mechanisms for political participation through its legislative authorities, which are divided into two chambers, the Council of Representatives and the Shura Council. It strengthened its human rights system by affirming the independence of the National Institution for Human Rights (NIHR) in accordance with the Paris Principles; establishing the Ombudsman at the Ministry of Interior; the Prisoners and Detainees Rights Commission (PDRC); the Special Investigation Unit of the Public Prosecution; and the independence of the Inspector General Office in the Ministry of Interior.
The Kingdom of Bahrain provides prisoners and convicts with the opportunity to right their wrongs and be reintegrated into society through the adoption and implementation of an Alternative Penalties and Procedures Law (PDF, 420KB, 7 pages), which approves new types of punishments as alternatives to those that deprive freedoms.
The law is a major step towards the protection and promotion of human rights and is one of the Kingdom’s most important legislative achievements. It contributes to:
The Kingdom of Bahrain is achieving the basic objectives of the Alternative Penalties and Procedures Law through two training programs offered by the Crime Prevention Directorate:
The open prisons approach adopted by the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain reinforces:
Precautionary measures were put in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus, ensure social distancing, and avoid gatherings to preserve the wellbeing of inmates and their families. Bahrain has implemented a wide range of decisions and precautionary measures which contributed greatly to reducing the negative effects caused by the virus in prisons, including:
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Content Last Updated: 26 Feb, 2023
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