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Parliament invites top UN human rights chief to visit Bahrain

Bahrain News
Wed, 15 Mar 2017
Mohammed Al A’ali

MANAMA: Parliament chairman Ahmed Al Mulla has officially sent an invitation for UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Al Hussein to visit the country.

The letter was sent by courier on Wednesday following yesterday’s Parliament vote to have Prince Zeid visit the country amidst “unsubstantiated” concerns of rights violations.

MPs said during their weekly session yesterday that nothing would be off limits as Prince Zeid would be allowed to visit every area, village and prison.

“Through our mutual concerns to support and develop the human rights aspect, and in line with Parliament being the highest representative of public will and our continuous communication with all international groups and organisations, we invite you to visit Bahrain,” stated the letter.

“This will enable you to take a personal look at facts and the truth directly in regard to the human rights issue in Bahrain and the achievements in that regard.
“We hope that such an invitation would be accepted at your convenience, and that you would inform us of the suitable time for a visit so we can make the necessary arrangements and allow those concerned to give feedback on their work.”

MPs yesterday also criticised Prince Zeid for using an address at the Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva to express concern about Bahrain’s rights record, which they said was biased and false.

The GDN reported on Monday that MPs accused nine countries of orchestrating a campaign against Bahrain to undermine it on the international stage.

They also claimed Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International dedicated more time campaigning against the Bahraini government than they have against major human rights abuses in Iraq and Syria.

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