UN chief calls for lifting of restrictions on public demonstrations in BahrainListen /
Authorities in Bahrain have been urged by the UN Secretary-General to lift the restrictions they imposed on 30 October on public demonstrations and other public gatherings.
In a statement read by his spokesperson on Friday, Ban Ki-moon says he is concerned about the restrictions and reiterates his appeal to Bahraini authorities to fully abide by international human rights standards.
The Secretary-General says these standards include respect for freedom of expression and peaceful assembly as well as association.
Deputy Spokesperson Eduardo del Buey has more.
"The Secretary-General believes these restrictions could aggravate the situation in the country and urges the Government of Bahrain to lift them without delay. The Secretary-General also calls on protesters to ensure that any demonstrations are, in fact, peaceful. Recent violence that reportedly killed two police officers is unacceptable. The Secretary-General again calls on the Bahraini Government to complete its full implementation of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry's recommendations." (Duration: 25")
The Commission, established to probe the events related to the February and March 2011 unrest in Bahrain, recommended steps the government should take to improve accountability and conform to international standards.
The Secretary-General reaffirmed his belief that there needs to be an all inclusive and meaningful national dialogue to addresses the legitimate aspirations of all Bahrainis.