Gulf European Centre for Human Rights (GECHR)
The rights of migrant workers and strong parliaments: Bahrain is a model
14th September 2018
The Gulf-European Centre for Human Rights participated in a delegation headed by Secretary- General Faisal Fulad and Executive Director of the center, Mr. Kamil Alboshoka at the 39th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva / Switzerland on 10 September and will conclude on 28 September. Therefore, the director of the center, Mr. Kamil Alboshoka, delivered a speech on 13 September on the rights of migrant workers in international law and how a strong parliament can protect rights. Therefore, he focused on the Kingdom of Bahrain and how elections in the Kingdom of Bahrain in November 2018 could deal with workers' rights.
The director of the Gulf European Centre pointed out the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families was the culmination of the discussions, reports, and recommendations made over many years on the subject of the rights of migrant workers. The United Nations was first concerned in 1972 with regard to the issue of the rights of migrant workers when, in its resolution 1706 (XXXIII), the Economic and Social Council expressed its concern at the illegal transfer of workers to some European countries and the exploitation of workers from some African countries"; on conditions similar to slavery and forced labour". In the same year, the General Assembly, in its resolution 2920 (XXVII), condemned discrimination against foreign labours and called on Governments to put an end to such practices and to improve arrangements for the reception of migrant labours.
Therefore, the States parties to the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, taking into account the principles enshrined in the principal United Nations human rights instruments, in particular the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Kamil Alboshoka added that in the domestic laws of each country, strong parliaments legislate laws to protect the rights of workers is an important subject for international organisations. Hence, for example, in the upcoming elections in the Kingdom of Bahrain in November 2018, Bahrain will be a model in the region with a strong parliament that protects all segments of society, including national labours and migrants. However, some parties call for boycotts and use the language of intimidation against citizens in Bahrain. This is, in fact, a violation of the individual right of citizens, the United Nations, and the High Commission should condemn the calls for intimidation, extremism and violence to boycott elections in Bahrain. In fact, there are extreme, fanatics, sects groups that believe in violence in Bahrain.
Alboshoka continued to add that the Kingdom of Bahrain as compared with many countries in the region has more flexible laws for its citizens. Bahrain respects human rights and the right to life for its citizens.
The Kingdom of Bahrain has recently won the first category in the State Department’s report on the classification of the most successful countries in the fight against human trafficking in persons. The State Department’s report reported that the Kingdom of Bahrain is the first country in the Middle East and North Africa reflects commitment to international standards and its participation in the international community in the directions aimed at combating trafficking in persons and promoting a culture of human rights which reflects the Kingdom's application of values based on the principles of respect, equality, and justice.
Bahrain is a regional leader in improving rights and migrant workers. The Bahraini government is increasing the conditions of transparency and welfare among foreign labours and combating human trafficking and has stood with the United Kingdom to stop modern slavery. Bahrain is one of the most successful countries in fighting human trafficking.
The Government of Bahrain is keen to ensure and guarantee the rights of labours from different nationalities and categories in the Kingdom. The Kingdom of Bahrain is to ensure that workers enjoy a healthy environment, justice, and equality away from any kind of discrimination in treatment.
Kamil Alboshoka pointed out that the November 2018 election is proof that the people of Bahrain are moving forward to complete their lives naturally, without the need to do so and without feeling the loss of something important, which represents an important opportunity for the Bahraini people to overcome crises, especially since 2011.
The Bahraini people are determined to develop the democratic process thanks to the trust of His Majesty King Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa, and the Bahraini politicians will participate with every effort to achieve the success of the democratic phase in the country. As people and groups are aware that the November election will be completely different than any previous elections because this election is supported by all the groups of people after the national dialogue carried out by some of the Bahraini organisations to bring together ideas between the opposition and the government.
A number of Arab and international human rights organisations, including the Gulf European Centre for Human Rights, the Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society and the International Human Rights Organisation, published and distributed posters to the Human Rights Council at its current 39th session to support Bahrain's candidacy for the UN Human Rights Council for the period from 2019 to 2020. And those human rights organisations want to strengthen the role of the Arab Gulf in international forums, especially United Nations human rights bodies, as their existence will protect and strengthen the human rights record in the region.