24 April 2012

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General Appeals for End to Violence in Bahrain,


Respect for Human Rights of Bahraini People


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General remains concerned about the situation in Bahrain, particularly with regard to the continuing clashes between security forces and protesters which have resulted in more casualties.  He reiterates his appeal to all sides for utmost restraint and an immediate end to the violence.

The Secretary-General also calls on the Bahraini authorities to fully respect the fundamental human rights of the Bahraini people, including due process concerning all detainees.

In this regard, he is concerned about the situation of Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, who remains on hunger strike in detention.  The Secretary-General once again urges the Bahraini authorities to resolve Mr. Al-Khawaja’s case based on due process and humanitarian considerations without any further delay.

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