UN chief calls respect of human rights of Bahraini people

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Ban Ki-moon

Authorities in Bahrain have been urged to respect the fundamental human rights of the Bahraini people and due process concerning all detainees.

The appeal has come from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement issued on Tuesday.

Tensions have reportedly escalated in the Gulf state after a week of almost daily protests against the government which coincided with Sunday's Formula One Grand Prix race.

Dianne Penn reports.

The highest court of appeal in Bahrain was to deliver a verdict on Monday in the case of a hunger striker and 20 other activists sentenced for their role in anti-government protests that started in February last year.

The court said it would now deliver the verdict on 30 April.

Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja who was sentenced to life in prison in June for plotting against the state, has not been eating for 11 weeks.

Ban Ki-moon once again urged the Bahraini authorities to resolve Mr. Al-Khawaja's case based on due process and humanitarian considerations without any further delay. 

Mr. Ban reiterated his appeal to all sides for utmost restraint and an immediate end to the violence.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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