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UN official’s claims rapped

Bahrain News
Tue, 12 Sep 2017
Sandeep Singh Grewal

Manama: Bahrain last night strongly condemned a statement made by a top UN official during the opening of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Al Hussein in his opening remarks at the council’s 36th session made claims of arbitrary arrests, travel bans and restrictions on civil societies.

He even accused security forces of “increased torture” and lack of co-operation by Bahraini authorities. “The accusations and allegations made by the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Bahrain are repeated, baseless and lack credibility,” said Bahrain’s Assistant Foreign Minister Abdulla Al Doseri on Twitter.

Mr Al Doseri is heading Bahrain’s delegation for the session and will be speaking on September 21. The session will continue until September 29 during which outcomes of the Universal Periodic Review which Bahrain underwent on May 1 will be discussed.