1 November 2012

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

Concerned by Restrictions on Public Gatherings in Bahrain, Secretary-General


Reiterates Appeal to Bahraini Authorities to Respect freedom of Expression

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

The Secretary-General expresses his concern about the restrictions on public demonstrations and other public gatherings declared by authorities in Bahrain on 30 October.  He reiterates his appeal to the Bahraini authorities to abide fully by international human rights standards, including respect for freedom of expression and peaceful assemblyand association.  The Secretary-General believes these restrictions could aggravate the situation in the country and urges the Government of Bahrain to lift them without delay.  The Secretary-General also calls on protesters to ensure that any demonstrations are, in fact, peaceful.  Recent violence that reportedly killed two police officers is unacceptable.

The Secretary-General again calls on the Bahraini Government to complete the full implementation of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry’s recommendations.  He reaffirms his belief that there needs to be an all inclusive and meaningful national dialogue that addresses the legitimate aspirations of all Bahrainis, as this is the only way towards greater stability and prosperity for all Bahrainis.

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