Bahrain urged to hold all-inclusive talks, address human rights situation
An all-inclusive dialogue that addresses the legitimate aspirations of all Bahraini communities is the best way to promote lasting peace, stability, justice and economic progress in Bahrain.
That's what the Secretary-General told Bahrain's Foreign Affairs Minister when he met him on Sunday, according to a statement issued by the UN Spokesperson.
Mr. Ban Ki-moon discussed the current developments in Bahrain, including the human rights situation, with Mr. Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa.
Earlier in September, Mr. Ban had voiced concern at the harsh sentences upheld against 20 human rights activists and political opponents, including life imprisonment.
Meanwhile, clashes continue in Bahrain between security forces and demonstrators, a year after widespread civil protests first emerged in the Gulf country.
Mr. Ban has called on the Government to complete the implementations of the recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry, the statement reads.