Democratic Transition and Human Rights in the Gulf States Geneva Declaration 21 March 2017

On 20 Monday and 21 Tuesday March 2017, human rights defenders, lawyers and issue experts from the Gulf region conducted a workshop during the 34th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. The workshop endeavored to review the history and origin of each Gulf State and to confirm the establishment of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).  The protection and inclusion of human rights and democracy in said countries is among the most problematic issue for citizens. Pervasive disruptive effects of terrorist organizations, fear of Iran’s nuclear program and increasing corruption violate the human rights of the citizens of the GCC states.

The inability of the GCC States to ensure social and economic aid is largely responsible for the turmoil in these states. While public revenue is decreasing and citizens are feeling insecure in their own countries, important measures should be taken into action:

Proactive actions to counter these issues include the following

Invite leaders from every Gulf State to a National Conference to engage in a forum to discuss the challenges facing the region and work in congress to create solutions.

Facilitate reconciliation among differing people groups, including the opposition and the loyalists for an effective coalition

Release prisoners of conscience to allow for full democratic political participation, including participation in the National Conference

Foster the development of National Committees to mutually build an inclusive constitution and to build constitutional properties

These constitutional properties include:

  1. Ensure the opportunity for ruling families to name their kings and involve citizens in office administration and management
  2. Establish parliaments of one or two houses by free and direct election
  3. Implement laws against racial discrimination in all forms
  4. Ensure the rights of minorities within national and social components
  5. Create legal regulations for political parties to promote accountability and transparency
  6. Establish a supreme commission for elections and enact  new electoral laws
  7. Establish high independent bureau for human rights in each constitutional Gulf kingdom
  8. Implement review bodies of sovereign funds, and management of public resources and make the necessary reforms
  9. Enact laws to ensure the independency of the judiciary and balances against judicial infighting
  10. Review all laws which are relevant to investment bodies, public tenders, censorship and anti-corruption , and make all necessary recommendations and ensure implementation
  11. Affirm treaties and declarations relevant to human rights protection and security between allied countries, and participate in sustainable development agenda within the framework of SDGs to improve state  institutions and ensure common interests

Accordingly, the participants of the workshop affirm the following actions to achieve this goal: 

  1. Urge the coalition to continue their efforts to hold conferences and media campaign to support the contents of this declaration.
  1. Promote inclusion of human rights defenders and civil society in international fora

3. Address the United Nations Bodies and their member states to request help

4. Request support from the American Congress, the British House of Commons, the European Parliament and other Parliaments in which human rights are respected.

5. Negotiate with relevant stakeholders in the Gulf region for support.


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رئيس المجلس الدولي لدعم المحاكمة العادلة وحقوق الانسان – جنيف

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Dr. Abdul Hameed Dashti president of The International Council for Fair Trail and Human Rights in Geneva congratulated the American people for electing their 45th President and the message was received by President Donald Trump earlier today


ICSFT congratulates the American people for electing Donald Trump

The International Council Supporting Fair Trail and Human Rights congratulates the American people for electing Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States of America, wishing for the flourishing for your great country and your world friendly people, looking for the cooperation of the United States in this new age to implement values and humanity and human rights in the world. This is what was issued by the International Community since 1954 and is being worked at with great effort to update the laws of Human Rights based on the United Nations and the National Declaration for Human Rights in a goal to take the International Family to live with pride and fair rights based on Liberty, Justice, and Peace.

We look by with this new age for putting the reputation of the United States and her people in the Humanitarian place and that is by participating in stopping the wars and struggles and also turning off the fires of controversy that divides the people in the Middle East and other hostile zones in the world, to find logical solutions for the challenges that faces international security and peace. To come to an agreement that will reinforce liberties and freedoms and supporting them in all ways possible. To not speak in the language of self-interest that went in the past decades in supporting countries of genocide and tyranny and ignorance through wars and terror with great confidence and truthfulness and moving forward towards more democracy and public participation in administrating the affiliations of the countries of the region. Also, participating in a continuous development that is based on peace and equality and common interest and this will begin with beneficial cooperation and working with the United Nations and the Council for Human Rights and the United Nations Commission for the sake of enforcing freedom, justice, and peace and supporting International Community Organizations and participating in protecting people who defend the rights of humans in the world and aiding the declaration of their freedom for the dangers of oppression that they face in all of its forms in their communities and most importantly, in countries that are allies with the United States. Wishing for the President of the United States success and will for the United States of America always.img_9807

Resolution HRC/33/L.21Cultural Rights and Protection of Cultural Heritage

The human rights council adopted resolution HRC/33/L.21 titled cultural rights and protection of cultural heritage with out a vote.

The resolution recalls the international instruments including the UDHR, ICCPR, and ICESCR, and further notes the protection of cultural rights, cultural heritages and cultural heritage defenders.

The resolution also urges all parties to conflict to refrain from unlawful military use or targeting of cultural property.

The resolution calls for the UN high commissioner for human rights to convene a one day seminar bride 36th Hrc session on ways to prevent and contain the destruction of cultural heritages, and the special rapporteur in the field of cultural rights to submit to the HRC at its 37th session a report of the seminar.

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Justice deferred is justice denied for Yemen

International Council Supporting Fair Trial and Human Rights condemns in the strongest terms the outrageous attack on a funeral in Sana’a on 8 September 2016 by the Saudi-led coalition.  Although there is the usual silence as to naming and denouncing the Saudi-led coalition for such horrific attack, Saudi Arabia has acknowledged that one of its coalition planes bombed the funeral hall.  140 people were killed, most of them civilians, and more than 500 others were injured, this number is the highest death toll in Yemen in the last two years.

This attack comes a week after the human rights council concluded its 33rdsession without setting up an independent, international inquiry into violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the country, in light of strong resistance by Saudi Arabia and other members of the international military coalition currently carrying out airstrikes in the country – different human rights organizations and the high commissioner for human rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein’s call to create such independent international inquiry has been dismissed by the council for two years in a row thus heavily contributing to the prevalent culture of impunity.

With the number of causalities rising by the day, since March 2015, at least 4,125 civilians have been killed and 7,207 injured in Yemen. We deplore such systemic inaction from the international community towards Yemen and reiterate our urgent call for an independent, international inquiry to investigate such violation and bring the authors of these violations to justice immediately.

Considering the continuous whitewashing of legal violations by the national commission of inquiry and the increasingly horrific levels of civilian casualties in Yemen, it is crucial to put an end to the ongoing systemic inaction.

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Kuwaiti MP sentenced for offending Saudi and Bahrain

A Kuwaiti court yesterday sentenced MP Abdul Hamid Dashti to 14 years and six months in prison on charges of insulting Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

Judicial sources, who spoke to the Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity, said the Kuwaiti Criminal Court sentenced Dashti in absentia to 11 years and six months on the charge of offending Saudi Arabia, and three years on the charge of offending Bahrain.

Dashti can appeal against the sentence but he must hand himself into the authorities first. He had left the country on the grounds that he needed medical treatment in the UK.

Parliamentary immunity was lifted from Dashti in March. This came following his remarks on Syria TV where he urged forces to “hit the basis of Takfiri Wahhabi in their own home,” in an apparent reference to Saudi Arabia, though he did not mention the kingdom by name.

Report of the Judicial commission of inquiry into the clashes between the IMN & NA in Zaria, Kaduna state between 12th & 14th Dec 2015

Report of the Judicial commission of inquiry into the clashes between the Islamic Movement in Nigeria  (IMN) & Nigerian Army  (NA) in Zaria, Kaduna state between Saturday 12th & Monday 14th December 2015

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UN rights experts urge Bahrain to end the persecution of Shias

GENEVA (16 August 2016) – The systematic harassment of the Shia population by the authorities in Bahrain, including stripping many of them of citizenship, is deeply concerning, a group of United Nations human rights independent experts* said today.

“The intensified wave of arrests, detentions, summons, interrogations and criminal charges brought against numerous Shia religious clerics and singers, human rights defenders and peaceful dissidents is having a chilling effect on fundamental human rights,” the human rights experts said.

“Shias are clearly being targeted on the basis of their religion,” the experts highlighted. “Recently, we witnessed the dissolution of Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, the shutting of faith-based organizations, restrictions on the practice of religious rites, on Friday prayers and peaceful assemblies, restrictions on movement, restricted access to the Internet and a ban on Shia religious leaders from preaching.”

A wide range of charges are brought against the Shias including ‘illegal gathering’, ‘inciting hatred against the regime’, ‘money laundering’ and ‘acts of terrorism’ in relation to their peaceful gatherings and religious congregations and peaceful expression of their beliefs, views and dissenting opinions, which the experts described as “groundless accusations used to hide a deliberate targeting of Shias in the country.”

“These charges should not be used as a pretext to restrict the freedom of expression, freedom of association and peaceful assembly and freedom of religion or belief,” the UN experts stressed.

“The authorities are also using the Bahrain Citizenship Act or Protection of Society against Acts of Terror law to revoke citizenship. People are being left stateless and are facing deportation from Bahrain,” they said.

The human rights experts expressed concern at allegations that the Government, via an administrative order, had revoked the citizenship of Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim on 20 June 2016, without giving him an opportunity to defend himself. He has also been charged with illegal fundraising and money laundering and his case will be heard in court on 15 September 2016.

“We are also worried to learn that Sheikh Maytham Al-Salman, a human rights defender who has faced a de-facto travel ban since January this year, was brought to the public prosecution yesterday on charges of “illegal gathering” after he was subjected to long hours of interrogation on 14 August 2016 and overnight detention,” the experts noted.

“We are calling on the Government of Bahrain to stop such arbitrary arrests or summons and release all those who have been detained for exercising their rights,” they said. “The authorities should also lift the restrictions on movement including travel bans imposed on different Shia religious leaders and human rights defenders.”

“The Government should not resort to repressive measures and we urge it to enter into dialogue with all relevant parties in order to prevent unnecessary conflict and violence,” the human rights experts concluded.

(*) The experts: Mr. Sètondji Adjovi, Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; Mr. David Kaye, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression; Mr. Maina Kiai, Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association; Mr. Heiner Bielefeldt, Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief; and Mr. Michel Forst, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders.

The UN Special Rapporteurs and Working Groups are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. Special Procedures, the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights, is the general name of the independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms of the Human Rights Council that address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. Special Procedures’ experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity.