New York

15 February 2012

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Bahrain

The Secretary-General is concerned about reports of clashes in Bahrain between security forces and demonstrators over the past few days. He calls on all parties to exercise maximum restraint and expects the Bahraini authorities to act in accordance with their international human rights obligations. 

The Secretary-General strongly believes that a genuine, all-inclusive and meaningful dialogue that meets the legitimate aspirations of all Bahrainis is the way to promote peace and stability in the country.

The Secretary-General reiterates his call on the Bahraini authorities to do everything possible to expedite the implementation of the recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry, especially its provisions aimed at effective confidence-building measures.