SHAFAQNA – The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad Al Hussein, called of Bahrain to halt repression and severe restrictions on freedom of expressions. He made the following remarks on Bahrain during his opening statement for the Human Rights Council’s 32nd session, Monday 6th June.
“At least 250 people in Bahrain have reportedly been stripped of their citizenship by the Government because of their alleged disloyalty to the interests of the Kingdom. In addition to these severe restrictions on freedom of expression, which contravene Bahrain’s international human rights obligations, an indefinite ban on gatherings in the capital has been in place since 2013. Dozens of people – including minors- have been prosecuted for participating in protests. Repressions will not eliminate people’s grievances; it will increase them.”
Finally, he urged respect for human rights which he said “offers States a path towards greater stability, not less.”