Review of the Bahamas: pledge to sign additional instruments
Monday, 01 December 2008 10:08


During the afternoon segment, the Working Group on the UPR reviewed the Bahamas. The delegation provided some answers to written questions submitted prior to the session, and appeared to be quite receptive to most recommendations and questions. The main issues raised in the interactive dialogue included:


  • The most significant discussion took place around the ratification of additional international human rights instruments. Already in the national report, the Bahamas had announced the ratification of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). In its presentation, the delegation pledged to sign the two instruments before within the next two weeks, an announcement that many States received favourably.

  • Many States recommended the abolition of the death penalty, or at least turning the de-fact moratorium into a legal moratorium with a view to complete abolition. The delegation reiterated previous statements that Bahamian society was in favour of retaining the death penalty.

  • Much emphasis was given to the human rights of vulnerable groups, including children, women, migrants and LGBT persons. In relation to children, the permissible use of corporal punishment and frequent cases of sexual abuse was criticised.

  • In relation to domestic violence, members of the Working Group also drew attention to information contained in the summary of information submitted by stakeholders, alleging that the Bahamas has the highest rate of reported rape, statistical date that was vigorously and repeatedly disputed by the delegation.

  • Several States regretted the absence of a national human rights institution (NHRI)

    and suggested the establishment of such an institution in accordance with the Paris Principles.
  • The request by the Bahamas for technical assistance, in particular in relation to human rights education and training, was echoed by many members of the Working Group. 

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