Swiss Government: Make human rights the centre of Bahrain state visit, say NGOs

    Six international and local NGOs wrote to the Swiss Minister of Foreign Affairs expressing concern over the King of Bahrain’s state visit to Switzerland later this week. King Hamad is expected to arrive in Bern on Thursday 12 May, in what will be the first state visit to Switzerland in Bahrain’s history. The NGOs strongly urged that human rights be a key issue raised in meetings between the King and the Swiss Federal Council. Read the letter (PDF). The NGOs urged Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Burkhalter to call for the release of human rights defender Zainab Al-Khawaja and the...

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    Julia Crawford, JusticeInfo.Net

    Human rights activists are hailing news that Swiss authorities have opened a case against Bahrain’s Attorney General Ali Bin Fadhul Al-Buainain, after torture allegations were filed against him. The complaint was filed in September by a Bahrain-born British national supported by Swiss NGO TRIAL and other groups. It came on the eve of a visit to Switzerland by Al-Buainain, “This is a very significant case,” says TRIAL legal adviser Benedict De Moerloose. “Bahrain's practice of torturing human rights activists and political opponents placed under investigation from the Attorney General's...

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