During HRC general discussions, panel debates and interactive dialogues with the Special Procedures, during the past three years, either as an HRC member or not, the State has joined:
Country has not previously held a seat on the Council
Longest visit request not (yet) accepted by the State >
WG on slavery, 2015
The Bahamas presented voluntary pledges and commitments in support of its candidature for membership for the period 2019-2021 on 5 September 2018. Key pledges include, inter alia:
At international level: Advance human rights to contribute to the realisation of the 2030 Agenda;
Cooperate with the Council and its subsidiary organs, as well as with other human rights mechanisms, including by implementing UPR recommendations, reporting to the Treaty bodies, accepting Special Procedures visits and responding to communications; In the Council, prioritise the following key thematic areas: the rights of women, children, persons with disabilities, migrants, the right to health, ensure the participation of SIDS in the Council, sustainable development, and protection against and prevention of discrimination in all its forms; work on issues of particular importance to SIDS including human rights and the environment, climate change, public service delivery and local government; Work towards ensuring that human rights are mainstreamed throughout the UN system; Support the strengthening of the Treaty Body system; Attend the consideration of its CEDAW report in October 2018; and Continue to support efforts aimed at guaranteeing effective responses by the international community (i.e. prevention and early action) to global human rights violations.
At regional level: Advocate human rights issues within the CARICOM, and promote increased CARICOM participation in the work of the Council; Work within the regional organisations of which it is a member, including the OAS and the CELAC, to further promote and protect human rights in the region; Meaningfully engage with regional partners, including CSOs, to address human rights issues.
At national level: Establish an NHRI in accordance with the Paris Principles.
An analysis of steps taken by Bahamas in fulfilment of international level pledges shows that it maintains a Standing Invitation to Special Procedures, and has facilitated most visit requests received. However, Bahamas has not responded to any of the Special Procedures communications received. Regarding cooperation with treaty bodies, Bahamas is yet to submit its periodic reports under 5 of the 7 conventions it has ratified. Bahamas is yet to ratify the CED. Bahamas attended the consideration of its CEDAW report in October 2018.
Bahamas has either voted in favour or joined consensus on all resolutions on the thematic initiatives it pledged to support.