Dr Wajeeha Albaharna BWA President participated in the Regional Conference on “Human Rights in the Arab Region: Challenges and Prospects”, held from 20 to 22 May in Egypt in the presence of the Secretary-General of League of Arab States, Dr. Nabeel al-Arabi and the High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms. Navi Pillay. The conference had 120 participants, representatives of governments of Arab parliaments, and UN specialized bodies and relevant experts from UN.
The conference aims to set priorities for human rights, especially for human rights defenders, women’s rights, refugees, distant and emigrants. The conference is a regional platform/stand for all concerned parties such as governments, parliamentarians, civil society organizations and national organizations for human rights, where they can discuss human rights priorities and its challenges in region. The conference focused on developments in human rights domain during the past three years.
On the first day of the conference Dr. Albaharna assumed the position of rapporteur for the third session entitled ‘Religious Perspective of Human Rights Issues: Discrimination and Incitement to Hatred’, which concluded to the importance of researching and identifying root causes of ‘culture of hatred’ and acknowledge the legitimacy of the rights of others and promote a culture of diversity and difference, in addition to the need to learn from successful experiences in facing ‘hatred speech’ while maintaining the privacy of Arab culture and religion.