8 January 2013

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

Secretary-General ‘Deeply Regrets’ Decision to Uphold Life Sentence,


Other Harsh Penalties Imposed on 20 Political Activists in Bahrain


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

The Secretary-General deeplyregrets the decision of Bahrain’s Court of Cassation, on 7 January, to uphold the harsh sentences, including life imprisonment, against 20 Bahraini political activists.

He reiterates his firm belief that the only way to promote peace, stability, justice and prosperity in Bahrain is through a national dialogue which addresses the legitimate aspirations of all Bahrainis, and in which all communities can participate freely, without fear or intimidation.  The Secretary-General calls on all Bahrainis to contribute to creating a peaceful and conducive atmosphere for such a dialogue to begin as soon as possible.

The Secretary-General also calls on the Government of Bahrain to follow through on its recently reiterated commitment to judicial reform.

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