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Bahamas Attends UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review

The Bahamas' delegation to the Second Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (on human rights) and 15th Session of the UPR Working Group was led by Senator the Hon Z.C Allyson Maynard Gibson, Attorney General aand Minister of Legal Affairs. In presenting The Bahamas' report to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on 23 January 2013, the Attorney General said that "at the national level, our participation in this process is indicative of the significance which The Bahamas attributes to the promotion and protection of fundamental freedoms and human rights and of its commitment to the principles of the United Nations and other international bodies that seek to promote and protect such rights. On behalf of myself, members of my delegation and my country, I wish to reaffirm The Bahamas' commitment and support for the work of the Human Rights Council (HRC) and its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism"

A full copy of her statement may be downloaded here.

The delegation, pictured, are sitting front row L to R: Ms. Marilyn T. Zonicle, Under Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration; the Honourable Attorney General; Ms Cleola Hamilton, M.P., Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration; and back row L to R: Ms. Jewel Major, Chief Counsel, Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs; Mr. Charles Major, Education Planning Officer, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology; Ms. Melanie Zonicle, Director, Department of Social Services; and Miss Angelika Hillebrandt, Administrative Cadet, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration.