Harsh sentences for Bahraini activists 'deeply regrettable' – UN human rights chief

The United Nations human rights chief today described the a Bahraini appeals court’s decision to uphold convictions and sentences of 20 human rights activists and political opponents as “deeply regrettable.”

Ban voices concern at harsh sentences upheld against Bahraini activists

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is concerned at the harsh sentences, including life imprisonment, upheld by a Bahrain appeals court against 20 Bahraini political activists, according to his spokesperson.

Independent UN experts call for end to persecution of rights defenders in Bahrain

A group of independent United Nations experts today voiced serious concerns about the “campaign of persecution” by the Bahraini authorities against those working to promote human rights in the country, and called for the prompt release of a prominent human rights defender recently sentenced to three years imprisonment.

Ban urges Bahrain authorities to resolve case of jailed human rights defender

While expressing concern about the situation in Bahrain, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the Gulf state’s authorities to resolve the case of Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, a human rights defender serving a life sentence handed down by a military court on alleged terrorism-related charges, who has been on a hunger strike for eleven weeks.

Independent UN experts urge release of jailed rights defender in Bahrain

Four United Nations independent human rights experts today urged authorities in Bahrain to immediately release a human rights defender serving a life sentence handed down by a military court on alleged terrorism-related charges.

Bahrain: Ban condemns bombing, voices concern over use of force against protesters

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the bomb attack that took place recently near the village of Eker, Bahrain, injuring several policemen, and also voiced concern at the “excessive” use of force against protesters which continues to result in civilian casualties.

Bahrain: UN top official calls for investigation into killing of citizen journalist

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with promoting and defending the freedom of the press today called for an investigation into the killing of a citizen journalist in Bahrain during a civilian demonstration.

Bahrain: UN calls for probe into alleged excessive use of force against protesters

The United Nations human rights office today voiced concern over the alleged excessive use of force against protesters, including teargas and rubber bullets, by security forces in Bahrain and called on the Government to investigate the reports.

Renewed clashes in Bahrain spark concern from Secretary-General

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced concern today about reports of fresh clashes in Bahrain between security forces and demonstrators, a year after widespread civil protests first emerged in the Middle East country.

Bahrain: Assembly President welcomes announcement of reconciliation reforms

The President of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, said he is encouraged by Bahrain’s announcement that it will implement reforms aimed at reconciliation and strengthening unity and stability.