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EU calls on Bahraini authorities to extend an invitation to the UN Special Rapporteur on torture

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Delegation of the European Union to the UN and other international organisations in Geneva made the following statement regarding Bahrain on the occasion of the Human Rights council’s 33rd cycle:
The EU recognises the challenges that Bahrain faces, and encourages it to aim for stability through reforms and inclusive reconciliation in an environment where peaceful political grievances can be expressed freely, and where violence has no place. The EU is concerned about the dissolution of the opposition political society Al-Wefaq, the sentencing to 9 years on appeal against its Secretary General Ali Salman and the arrest and travelling bans for human rights activists, including the re-arrest of Mr. Nabeel Rajab. Deprivation of nationality of Bahraini citizens, including prominent figures such as Sheikh Isa Qassim, is also of concern. The EU calls upon all parties to support a more inclusive dialogue and to work together towards national reconciliation and a sustainable political environment. The EU is also worried about allegations of torture, and welcomes the work of the Special Investigations Unit and Ombudsman to investigate these. The EU calls on Bahraini authorities to extend an invitation to the UN Special Rapporteur on torture.

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