UNHR chief urges Bahrain to reverse profoundly damaging trends

UNHR chief urges Bahrain to reverse profoundly damaging trends

In his last annual report as UN human rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, urged Manama to reverse “profoundly damaging trends and facilitate effective engagement with the international human rights mechanisms.”

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - In his last annual report as UN human rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, urged Manama to reverse “profoundly damaging trends and facilitate effective engagement with the international human rights mechanisms.”

During his oral update to the 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday, Zeid called out a number of states, including Bahrain, over their troubling failure to grant access to his office.

“Unconditional access to Bahrain continues to be refused to my office and to Special Procedures amid continued crackdowns on civil society and additional legislation which further restricts the people’s fundamental rights,” the outgoing UN human rights chief told the Council.

He also noted that Bahrain is among a list of countries that have accumulated no fewer than 15 outstanding requests for visits from Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council.




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