UN’s Ban Ki Moon Concerned by Al-Wefaq Suspension & Intimidation of HR Defenders in Bahrain
2016-06-17 - 8:25 p
Bahrain Mirror: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his concern at the recent measures taken by the Bahraini authorities that "aim at restricting political opposition in Bahrain."
According to a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban indicated that "these measures include the suspending Al-Wefaq;" the largest opposition political grouping; the lengthening of the sentence of Sheikh Ali Salman and re-arrest of human rights defender Nabil Rajab, founder of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights.
Concerned at recent reports in Bahrain of intimidation of human rights defenders and activists for peacefully promoting human rights, as well as for legitimately exercising their rights to freedoms of expression and association, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that such actions by the State authorities could potentially damage the human rights situation in the country.
The statement also said the UN chief is "dismayed by reports suggesting that human rights defenders and activists in Bahrain have been intimidated and even stripped of their citizenship for peacefully carrying out activities to promote human rights, as well as for legitimately exercising their rights to freedom of expression and freedom of association."
"Mr. Ban is concerned that such actions against the opposition may undermine the reforms undertaken by King Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa and lessen the prospect of an inclusive national dialogue in the interest of all people of Bahrain," read the statement.
Ban further stressed that he "is convinced that the effective implementation of the recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry, the Universal Periodic Review and the national human rights institution are important to advance the human rights situation in the country and go a long way towards addressing the concerns and grievances of its citizens."
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