Plan to establish Arab Court of Human Rights in final stage


The Shoura Council is giving final touches to the draft statute of the Arab Court of Human Rights.

To be based in Bahrain, the court will have independent judges and provisions enforceable in all member states.

The observations being amended by the Shoura Council in the draft statute involve the use of the masculine pronoun for both the masculine and feminine subjects alike.

The amendments also involve adding an article that empowers the Court to impose temporary or transitional measures for the protection of complainants in urgent cases to prevent irreparable damage from being inflicted on victims.

Other Shoura observations included the need to amend Article Three of the draft statute to ensure that the host state of the Court will abide by international laws on human rights, and that the state must be a member of all international agreements and charters on basic human rights.

The Court must be given the necessary guarantees that the judges and employees will be able to work diligently to defend human rights without outside interventions or pressures.

According to official sources, the Court will seek to promote the human dignity, justice, equality and the rule of law in order to achieve the goals and objectives of the Arab Charter on Human Rights.

The court will consist of seven judges comprised of nationals from the member states, and a president will be elected for a term of four years.

The employees of the Court will enjoy the privileges granted to the representatives of the member States of the Arab League.

According to its bylaws, the Court will consider and resolve all disputes arising from the application and interpretation of the Arab Charter on Human Rights or any other Arab agreement in this regard.


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