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FREE MEDIA 'VITAL FOR DEMOCRACY'

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BAHRAIN has taken part in a key regional conference which declared that a free and independent media is essential for the promotion and protection of democracy and human rights. Bahrain's achievements in the areas of democracy and human rights came under focus at the conference held in Sana'a, Yemen. Bahrain Women Society (BWS) president Dr Wajeeha Sadiq Al Baharna represented Bahrain at the Inter-Governmental Regional Conference on Democracy, Human Rights and the Role of the International Criminal Court. The three-day event was organised by No Peace Without Justice organisation in partnership with Yemen. It was supported by the European Commission, under the auspices of the Presidency of the European Union. "The conference, attended by 820 delegates from 52 countries, provided me an opportunity to share the successful experience of Bahrain in the areas of democracy and human rights," Dr Al Baharna told the GDN. "The conference brought together representatives of governments, parliaments and legislative bodies to talk about issues related to democracy and human rights issues, the role of civil society, the rule of law and the International Criminal Court. "The delegates were told that the Arab countries are emerging from their social and cultural realities and their heritage and political practice." The Sana'a Declaration said that a free and independent media is essential for the promotion and protection of democracy and human rights, said Dr Al Baharna. "The media should contribute effectively and responsibly towards the strengthening of democracy and human rights knowledge," it added. "Proper democratic governance and respect for human rights require a freely functioning, well-organised, vibrant and responsible civil society and a legal framework within which civil society can operate in a spirit of partnership and participation." The conference, said Dr Al Baharna, agreed that democracy and human rights, which have their origins in faith and culture, are interdependent and inseparable. "It declared that democratic systems protect the rights and interests of everybody without discrimination, especially the rights and interests of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups," she noted. "The basics of democratic systems is reflected in periodically elected legislatures, representing the citizens in a fair way and ensuring their full participation." The delegates, said Dr Al Baharna, also agreed to empower the role of women and their participation and to protect women from all forms of exploitation. Dr Al Baharna, who has represented Bahrain in several international conferences, was the first woman leader from the Gulf to be designated as Ambassador for Peace at an international conference held in New York in 2001. Meanwhile, Dr Al Baharna was re-elected president of BMS. Other office-bearers are, vice-president Nadia Al Alawi, general-secretary Meena Kadhimi, and board members Soroor Qarooni, Rana Al Sairafi, Azam Bano, Ebtisam Zaid, Saba Al Asfoor, Shereen Asiri, Srial Al Sairafi, Fadila Hamad and Najeeba Sharaf.





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