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Royal humanitarian vision

TDT | Manama  

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His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa’s royal decree, which grants pardons to inmates convicted for riot and criminal cases, yesterday garnered widespread acclaim, coinciding with both the Silver Jubilee of His Majesty’s accession to the throne and Eid Al Fitr celebrations.

Applauded by various sectors, the decree is seen as pivotal in bolstering societal cohesion and stability in Bahrain. It underscores the Kingdom’s commitment to upholding civil rights, justice, and judicial independence while facilitating the positive reintegration of individuals into society.

This move aligns with Bahrain’s overarching approach to promoting human rights values. They also acknowledged the invaluable support of the government, led by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, to develop and bolster rehabilitation programs for convicts.

Compassionate leadership

The Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments, His Excellency Nawaf bin Mohammed Al Maawda, lauded this gesture as a testament to HM the King’s wise and compassionate leadership, exemplifying values of tolerance, forgiveness, and humanity.

He added that the pardon underscores His Majesty’s dedication to supporting the integration of beneficiaries into society, thereby upholding human rights standards and contributing to enhanced community security.

Societal cohesion

Council of Representatives Speaker Ahmed bin Salman Al Musallam underscored His Majesty’s wisdom and humanitarian vision, aimed at fortifying societal cohesion, familial bonds, and national unity — the cornerstone of Bahrain’s esteemed royal approach.

He emphasised the decree’s role in promoting human rights values, fostering tolerance, and advancing the public interest while upholding justice and the rule of law within the framework of Bahrain’s comprehensive development strategy.

Social stability

Shura Council Chairman Ali Al-Saleh hailed a recent decision, describing it as a testament to the highest standards of humanity and reflective of the visionary ideals championed by His Majesty.

The decision, he noted, underscores the importance of social stability and underscores the paramount importance of human rights principles.

Prioritising human rights

Arab Parliament Speaker Adel bin Abdul Rahman Al-Asoumi, who is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Arab Observatory for Human Rights, emphasised HM King Hamad’s prioritisation of human rights, evident in initiatives like the open prison system and alternative punishments, aligning with global best practices.

Fresh start

The Governor of the Northern Governorate, H.E. Ali bin Shaikh Abdul Hussein Al-Asfour, emphasised the decree’s significance in providing a fresh start for the convicts, fostering unity, and ensuring a bright future.

He also lauded the Ministry of Interior, led by H.E. General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, for its dedication to inmate welfare and rehabilitation efforts.

Preserving civil rights

Dr. Ali bin Mohammed Al Rumaihi, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Bahrain Institute for Political Development, highlighted His Majesty’s commitment to upholding human rights values through legislative measures like the Alternative Penal Code and the Open Prisons Programme.

He stressed that the royal pardon reflects Bahrain’s tolerant society and its dedication to preserving civil rights while maintaining justice and the rule of law.

Profound care

The President of the Jaafari Endowments, Mr. Yousef bin Saleh Al-Saleh, highlighted the royal decree’s embodiment of His Majesty’s profound care for his people, particularly those affected by various sentences, highlighting its significance in fostering national unity, social cohesion, and family reunification.


H.E. Nawaf bin Mohammed Al Maawda


Speaker Ahmed bin Salman Al Musallam


Shura Council Chairman Ali Al-Saleh


Arab Speaker Adel bin Abdul Rahman Al-Asoumi


H.E. Ali bin Shaikh Abdul Hussein Al-Asfour


Dr. Ali bin Mohammed Al Rumaihi


Mr. Yousef bin Saleh Al-Saleh