Bahrain’s strides in adopting alternative sentencing highlighted

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Manama, Sept. 28 (BNA): The curtain fell on the International Conference of Alternative Sanctions and Measures Law: Qualitative Experience in Criminal Legislation".


Keynote speakers noted Bahrain’s adoption alternative penal code, describing the move as an important practice to be emulated at the level of Arab countries and the countries of the region.


National Institute of Human Rights (NIHR) Chairman Ali Al Derazi noted that more than 4,000 people have benefited from the law since its adoption four years ago.


He looked forward to adopting a new mechanism to expand the number of beneficiaries of alternative punishments, noting that NIHR has developed a plan to involve the private sector in the implementation of alternative punishments.


Egypt-based Arab Human Rights Organisation President Dr. Alaa Sayyed Shalabi pointed out that there are lessons learned Bahrain’s practices  


importance of the important recommendations made by the speakers in the conference sessions, stressing the importance of having a political will that believes in legal modernization.


Dr. Hatem Ali, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, indicated that Bahrain had taken the initiative in adopting an independent law related to alternative punishments.


He described the law as being easier, more effective and appropriate for society, noting the active role of the conference in transferring the practice to the regional and international community.


In response to the idea that work should be paid, Judge Badr Al-Abdullah pointed out that work under the alternative system replaces the original punishment.


“The law stipulates that work be performed in the service of society is a description that does not fall within the usual work systems”, he said, noting  the existence of an international standard in determining time and hours according to cases and their circumstances.