Karimi discusses the Penal Code in Bahrain

Karimi discusses the Penal Code in Bahrain
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Thursday 29 September 2022 – 02:15

Ali Karimi, member of the National Human Rights Council and President of the Permanent Committee in charge of monitoring and protecting human rights violations, participated in the international conference “Criminal Law and Alternative Measures: A Qualitative Experience in Criminal Legislation”, which took place carried out by the National Human Rights Institution of the Kingdom of Bahrain on September 27 and 28.

Ali Karimi made a presentation on the topic “Alternative Punishments in the Moroccan Penal Code Modification Project”, highlighting the issues on which the National Human Rights Council expressed its opinion, while emphasizing international standards and coherence of this project with them. .

In his speech, he also outlined some aspects that the Moroccan law should deal with, explaining that “this law limited the penalties to five matters, while it had to adhere to the norms of international human rights law and some comparative legislation”, highlighting the importance and necessity of benefiting from the application of the Penal Code. Alternative, both for the perpetrator of a crime whose sentence is less than two years, and for the State, because this type of sentence would solve the problem of overcrowding inside prisons, and would reduce the burden of state spending.

It should be noted that the conference was attended by more than 300 participants representing various governmental and civil institutions of the Kingdom of Bahrain, in addition to the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Office of the Regional Director of the United Nations Office of the United Nations Against Crime and Drugs, the representative of the Arab Observatory for Human Rights and the Arab Network of National Human Rights Institutions Human Rights Council, and some representatives of national human rights institutions that are members of the Executive Office of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions.

The two-day conference addressed the efforts made by the ministries and official agencies regarding the implementation and application of the Criminal Code and alternative measures, presenting the achievements made, the role of national human rights institutions and Arab non-governmental organizations and foreign, presenting the experiences of countries in the field of alternative criminal law, and the challenges faced by the control authorities Implementation and application of the Criminal Code and alternative measures, the practical problems faced by the beneficiary in the application of the provisions of the law, and the presentation of the experiences of civil society organizations on the law and the challenges facing its implementation.

In the closing statement of the conference, the need to take into account the compatibility of national legislation regulating alternative punishment and measures with United Nations human rights and criminal justice standards and other relevant international decisions was underlined, and the need to benefit from the recommendations generated by theses, messages and scientific research specialized in alternative punishments and measures.

The participants in the day called to “strengthen the capacities of workers in terms of penalties, alternative measures and open prisons of the security forces and bodies, and establish specialized units within their administrative structure that are responsible for supervising training, awareness and propose development recommendations. in this field”, highlighting “the importance of carrying out a Legislative reform so as not to apply the alternative sentence as a condition for the payment of all the economic obligations of the convicted person.

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