Draft report of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review*: Bahrain


  1. The Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review, established in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 5/1, held its forty-first session from 7 to 18 November 2022. The review of Bahrain was held at the 1stmeeting, on 7 November 2022. The delegation of Bahrain was headed by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Abdullatif Rashed Alzayani. At its 10th meeting, held on 11 November 2022, the Working Group adopted the report on Bahrain.
  2. On 12 January 2022, the Human Rights Council selected the following group of rapporteurs (troika) to facilitate the review of Bahrain: Gabon, India and the Russian Federation. At its 71st plenary meeting, on 10 May 2022, the General Assembly, pursuant to its resolutions 60/251 of 15 March 2006 and 65/281 of 17 June 2011, elected Czechia for the remainder of the term of office of the Russian Federation beginning on 10 May 2022 and ending on 31 December 2023.Consequently, Czechia replaced the Russian Federation as a member of the troika for the universal periodic review of Bahrain.
  3. In accordance with paragraph 15 of the annex to Human Rights Council resolution 5/1 and paragraph 5 of the annex to Council resolution 16/21, the following documents were issued for the review of Bahrain:

(a)        A national report submitted/written presentation made in accordance with paragraph 15 (a);[1]

(b)        A compilation prepared by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in accordance with paragraph 15 (b);[2]

(c)        A summary prepared by OHCHR in accordance with paragraph 15 (c).[3]

  1. A list of questions prepared in advance by Belgium, Portugal, on behalf of Group of Friends on national mechanisms for implementation, reporting and follow-up, Germany, Liechtenstein, Panama, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and United States of America was transmitted to Bahrain through the troika. These questions are available on the website of the universal periodic review.

                        [1]   A/HRC/WG.6/41/BHR/1.

                        [2]   A/HRC/WG.6/41/BHR/2.

                        [3]   A/HRC/WG.6/41/BHR/3.

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