Bahrain must address lack of trust in Government, says UN rights chief

The United Nations human rights chief today called on Bahraini authorities to address the “deepening mistrust” between the Government and civil society, including by releasing those detained for participating in peaceful protests.

UN to dispatch human rights delegation to Bahrain

The United Nations human rights office announced today it is dispatching a delegation to Bahrain, where serious rights violations are alleged to have occurred earlier this year, to discuss how to build a more open and democratic society in the Middle East country.

Bahrain: General Assembly chief welcomes report on alleged rights abuses

The President of the General Assembly Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser has received the report of the independent commission that probed alleged human rights violations in Bahrain and voiced hope that implementation of its recommendations will help to fulfil the aspirations of the country’s people.

Ban welcomes move to re-try medical personnel convicted of crimes in Bahrain

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the plan to re-try the cases of several Bahraini medical personnel charged and convicted with offences related to the pro-democracy movement in the Arab country.

Bahrain: UN voices concern at sentences given to medical staff, activists

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations human rights office today voiced concern at the harsh sentences handed down this week by a court in Bahrain to medical professionals, teachers and others as a result of pro-democracy protests earlier this year.

Bahrain: Secretary-General discusses recent unrest with senior officials

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met today with top Bahraini officials to discuss his Government’s efforts to restore stability to the small Gulf country after months of popular unrest that has included deadly clashes between security forces and protesters.

UN demands Bahrain release prisoners detained for exercising freedom of speech

The United Nations today demanded the release of Bahraini civilians who may have been arrested during recent anti-Government protests merely for exercising their rights to freedom of speech, and called for civilian trials for those whose cases go forward.

Secretary-General welcomes start of national dialogue in Bahrain

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the start of a process of national dialogue in Bahrain, taking note of Government steps to improve the political atmosphere by creating an investigations commission, transferring some trials to civilian courts and releasing detainees.

Bahrain trials bear marks of ‘political persecution,’ says UN human rights office

The United Nations human rights office today spoke out against the harsh sentences, including life imprisonment, handed down this week to activists in Bahrain, saying their trials bear the marks of “political persecution.”

Bahrain: Ban voices deep concern at lengthy jail terms handed out to activists

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today spoke out against the lengthy jail sentences given to 21 political activists, human rights defenders and opposition leaders in Bahrain earlier this week.