Bahrain opposition calls on Authority to schedule appointments for UN Special Procedures

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Bahrain
Tuesday, 10 June 2014

bahrain unThe National Democratic Opposition Parties called on international rights NGOs to double their efforts to stop the human rights abuses perpetrated against the people of Bahrain. The opposition parties said the Bahraini Authority must schedule appointments for the UN Special Rapporteurs

of torture and degrading treatment, of religious freedom and of independency of judiciary to visit Bahrain. The Authority must live up to its pledges before the international community.

A delegation representing the National Democratic Opposition Parties held a press conference Thursday afternoon at the ‘No Peace without Justice’ organization in Brussels. The delegation stressed the importance of international human rights activism to protect the citizens in Bahrain and halt human rights violations against political and rights activists, journalists and citizens, including children.
The delegates reiterated the opposition’s calls to open a permanent office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Bahrain.

The opposition said the Bahraini Authority has paid no attention to the joint-statement that was issued by 47 states during the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in September 2013.
Human rights violations are still being perpetrated on a daily basis in Bahrain, detainees continue to be subjected to torture and extrajudicial killings have not stopped. The opposition stressed that is it most necessary that the UN Human Rights Council issues a clear resolution that brings the Bahraini regime to end torture, discrimination, restriction on freedoms and to respect human rights.
The opposition also highlighted the necessity of a genuine reform of the judiciary and the legislative system that is controlled by the executive authority.

Bahrain’s current Council of Representatives has recently given up authorization to question ministers. The opposition said the step clearly indicates the regime’s efforts to strangle the narrow margin of freedom after the National Action Charter in 2001. They further explained that the 2002 unilateral constitution revoked the fundamental rights given to the Bahraini citizens in the National Action Charter as stated in the International Bill.
Representatives of the opposition Al Wefaq bloc had walked out of the Council back in 2011 in protest at the brutal crackdown on peaceful protests calling for democratic transition.
Representatives of Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Human Rights First and other rights NGOs attended the opposition’s press conference.

The delegates speaking at the conference reminded that Bahrain is yet to live up to its pledges by implementing the recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry and the UN’s Universal Periodic Review. They said the human rights situation in Bahrain is too dreadful to be whitewashed with Public Relations Firms, assuring that world States and rights NGOs are aware of the systematic practices of the regime and which have been documented in international reports.
The opposition explained that the main reason behind the crisis lies in the absolute rule and refusal to power-sharing. The Bahraini people’s struggle for democracy and social justice goes back to about 100 years.

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