US Congressional Delegation Visits Bahrain
On May 29, 2016, Interior Minister Lieutenant General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa received a U.S. Senate delegation, welcoming their visit to Bahrain as a critical part of the ongoing communication between both countries in order to boost bilateral cooperation and exchange views of common interest.
The Interior Minister briefed them on the efforts of the Interior Ministry to ensure Bahraini’s safety in accordance with human rights standards and the principals of the ongoing reform process. He also highlighted the distinguished role of the community police in promoting community partnership, stressing that security and stability are based on the protection of national identities.
Ombudsman Nawaf Mohammed Al Ma’awda received the delegation from the Congressional delegation on May 30, briefing them on the work of the Ombudsman’s office. Bahrain’s Ombudsman program was the first of its kind established in the region to enhance the respect of human rights in the work of the Interior Ministry; it is also responsible for monitoring the reform and rehabilitation of detention centers.
The Ombudsman also explained the mechanism of the office in communicating with the public and following up on complaints. The meeting was attended by Deputy Ombudsman Osama Al-Asfoor and International Cooperation and Development Director Ghada Habib.
The delegation meetings assisted in bolstering bilateral relations and cooperation, encouraging an open dialogue and exchange of ideas between the United States and the Kingdom of Bahrain.