UN Human Rights Office Urges Bahrain to Review Decision to Dissolve Al-Wefaq, De-escalate Tensions

2016-07-23 - 6:53 p

Bahrain Mirror: The United Nations human rights office expressed deep regret over a Bahraini court decision to dissolve Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, the country's largest opposition group, and urged the the island kingdom's authorities to review the latest and other bans on organizations that were peacefully exercising their rights.

"In spite of strong calls from the international community for Bahrain to seek to de-escalate the worrying tensions in the country, we regret the decision to press ahead with the ban," Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), told reporters in Geneva.

Reports suggest that the court hearing was carried out without due regard for the principles of fair trial, and the ban is the latest in a series of measures over the last few months that appear to be designed to quash dissents, she explained.

"We urge the authorities, and the national human rights institutions in place in Bahrain, to take immediate confidence-building measures to ensure the rights to freedom of peaceful expression, assembly and association are respected," Ms. Shamdasani further stressed.

The call comes one day after UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the dissolution of Al-Wefaq "the latest in a series of restrictions" on human rights in the country. He also urged a resumption of an all-inclusive national dialogue aimed at peace and stability in the country, and the region.

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