Bahrain slams UN comments on jailing of dissident

The UN Human Rights Commission urged Bahrain to release Salman immediately, along with others who had been convicted or detained for "simply exercising their fundamental right to freedom of expression and assembly."

Bahrain slams UN comments on jailing of dissident

World Bulletin/News Desk

The Bahraini Foreign Ministry on Thursday described recent statements by the UN Human Rights Commission regarding the recent detention of an opposition figure as "strange."

"We are surprised that the interrogation of opposition figures against the background of several infringements of the law has been used as a human rights issue," the ministry said in a statement.

A few days ago, Bahrain summoned – and then detained – Ali Salman, secretary-general of the opposition Al-Wefaq Islamic Society, Al-Wefaq said in a statement.

Salman, a vocal critic of the government, was then accused of promoting violence to overthrow the Bahraini regime.

On Wednesday, the UN Human Rights Commission urged Bahrain to release Salman immediately, along with others who had been convicted or detained for "simply exercising their fundamental right to freedom of expression and assembly."

The Foreign Ministry, however, expressed surprise that Salman's case had been taken out of the "appropriate context."

The case was a "legal one," the ministry stressed, going on to assert that Bahrain was a country in which the rule of law was respected.

 

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