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MPs finish human rights body bill
April 6, 2015, 4:15 pm
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The National Assembly's Human Rights Committee completed a draft law for establishing a national human rights agency.

The 14-article bill has been submitted to the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Interior, Justice and Social Affairs and Labor as well as the State Ministry for Planning to seek their views on the draft.

The draft law aims at forming an independent human rights body under the supervision of the cabinet, the head of the committee Abdulhameed Dashti said after today's meeting.

It also aims at enhancing and safeguarding human rights and disseminating and consolidating public freedoms in line with the constitution and relevant international accords, he added.

The new entity will enjoy independence and a juridical entity, with an 11-member board of efficient figures. The rights body will also include representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Interior, Justice and Social Affairs and Labor as well as the Fatwa and Legislation Department.

They will only act as advisors, Dashti noted. Board members will be appointed for a four-year term under an Amiri decree, with a limit of two terms.

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