UN calls for an immediate end to political activist trials in Bahrain

Navi Pillay

The rights of 21 political activists put on trial in Bahrain were not respected according to the UN Human Rights Chief.

Navi Pillay described the proceedings as bearing the hallmarks of political persecution and says the trials by the Lower National Safety Court must be discontinued.

Ravina Shamdasani is from the UN office for Human rights in Geneva.

"We have received worrying reports of the treatment in detention of some of these protestors, including severe beating of some of those just sentenced. We note particularly that four individuals previously arrested reportedly died in detention due to injuries resulting from severe torture. The Government must urgently conduct an independent investigation into these allegations."

Up to 100 people have been jailed by the court while another 1,000 are in detention awaiting trial.

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