Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Bahrain
New York, 8 January 2013
The Secretary-General deeply regrets 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.
Statements on 8 January 2013