UN human rights office concerned about Bahrain’s toughened anti-terrorism law

The United Nations human rights office today said it is concerned about a recommendation to toughen punishments in Bahrain, including revoking the citizenship of anyone convicted of terrorist offenses.

UN chief condemns Bahrain bomb attack, urges inclusive dialogue to ease tensions

Expressing concern about the increase in violence in Bahrain, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the recent bomb attack at a mosque in Riffa and has reiterated his call on all parties in the country to engage in an all-inclusive dialogue to ease tensions.

UN independent expert ‘deeply disappointed’ over Bahraini postponements of visit

An independent United Nations expert today urged the Government of Bahrain to honour its international commitments and allow him in to assess whether torture and ill-treatment are taking place in the country, after repeated postponements of planned visits.

Bahrain: Ban welcomes initiative to convene national political dialogue

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the initiative by the king of Bahrain to convene a national political dialogue, as well as the positive response to the proposal from opposition groups in the Persian Gulf nation.

UN human rights office disappointed by Bahrain’s decision to uphold conviction of 13 activists

The United Nations today expressed disappointment over Bahrain’s decision to uphold the convictions of 13 pro-democracy activists in spite of concerns raised by an independent human rights panel and appeals by the international community.

UN chief ‘deeply regrets’ Bahraini court’s decision to uphold sentences against political activists

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “deeply regrets” the decision of a Bahraini appeals court to uphold the sentences, including life imprisonment, against 20 Bahraini political activists, according to his spokesperson.