Manama, Apr. 2 (BNA): Chairperson of the Legislative and Legal Affairs at the Shura Council, Dalal Jassim Al-Zayed, has asserted that the Interior Ministry’s General Directorate of Reformation and Rehabilitation has shown, over the past years, greater national commitment and responsibility in enforcing the law and dealing with inmates according to the highest human rights standards.
This has enabled it to attain numerous successes and achievements, and entitled it to win local and international awards, citing the award granted to it by the French Company BUREAU VERITAS for being the first reformation organisation in the Middle East that complies with global health and safety protocols against COVID-19, she said.
Al-Zayed praised the initiative launched by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, to develop the correction and rehabilitation centres and adopt the ‘Open Prisons’ system, noting that the move will ensure inmates’ rights, and enhance Bahrain’s pioneering standing at the Arab level regarding the implementation of this system.
She pointed out that the Kingdom is expanding the application of the alternative measures and penalties, which is considered one of the advanced legislation aimed at rehabilitating convicts, easing freedom-depriving penalties, and reintegrating them into society in order to be active and productive citizens, praising the important role played by the Interior Minister, General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, and his keenness to develop and enhance the performance of rehabilitation and reformation centres.
She indicated that the smear campaigns and inaccurate data and information that are published by the media are attempts to politicise and distort the distinguished performance of the General Directorate of Reformation and Rehabilitation, stressing the rejection of all forms of skepticism or undermining the relentless efforts made by the General Directorate, and its continuous endeavours to develop procedures and regulations to promote the human rights of all inmates.
Al-Zayed pointed out that that the General Directorate of Reformation and Rehabilitation, out of its national responsibilities and duties, provided authorised vaccines for Coronavirus (Covid-19), and vaccinated all inmates who wished to take them, stressing that this step adds to the honourable record of the General Directorate, and refutes the allegations made by those serving clear political agendas.
She indicated that correction and rehabilitation centres are subject to the supervision and oversight by independent institutions concerned with human rights, including the National Institution for Human Rights and the Prisoners and Detainees Rights Commission, noting that inmates in correction and rehabilitation centres enjoy multiple rights, including the right to file complaints, with the presence of a directorate concerned with receiving complaints from inmates, and following up on them, in addition to the rights of correspondence, family visits, and the presence of lawyers.
Al-Zayed expressed pride in the advanced system of national legislation and laws that have established specific legal frameworks for the work of correction and rehabilitation centres, stressing that they are laws that establish constitutional principles to safeguard rights and protect individuals.