NIHR Organises a Round Table on "Environmental Rights – Obstacles and Challenges"

22 Mar 2023

Within the framework of its role aimed at spreading and enhancing awareness of the principles of human rights for all segments of society, the National Institution for Human Rights (NIHR) has organised a round table entitled "Environmental Rights Defenders – Obstacles and Challenges", in order to discuss environmental issues and challenges and ensure sustainable protection of human rights, especially with regard to a sustainable healthy environment, with the participation of representatives of Ministry of Oil and Environment, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture, and a number of civil society institutions concerned with defending human rights, especially the right to a sustainable healthy environment.

The event was moderated by Dr. Fawzeya Saeed Al-Saleh, Head of the NIHR Committee on Public Rights and Freedoms, where she highlighted the importance of protecting environmental defenders and promoting their rights to enable them to fully implement sustainable development to achieve the highest attainable standard of health by gradually reducing diseases resulting from environmental pollution, and to address climate change and its consequences.

She also discussed the role of the official authorities in the Kingdom of Bahrain to preserve the environment and activate laws related to environmental protection and sustainability, noting that the main objective of the event is to discuss environmental issues and challenges and to ensure sustainable protection of human rights, especially with regard to a sustainable healthy environment.

During her moderation of the event, Dr. Al-Saleh emphasised the NIHR's pivotal role in adopting initiatives and projects that preserve the environment and natural and innate life that protect human life, achieve sustainable development goals, enhance all national efforts, and support global efforts in this regard.

At the conclusion of the event, the participants reached conclusions and recommendations aimed at strengthening and activating community partnership with civil society institutions, investing in education in the environment, making more efforts to educate civil society institutions and the public on issues related to the environment, enhancing food security and fisheries, and working on capacity building for representatives of civil society organizations concerned with the environment.