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Bahrain – Confirmation of the sentences imposed on 13 protest leaders (January 7, 2013)

We regret the decisions of Bahrain’s highest appeal court confirming the harsh sentences imposed on 13 opposition leaders last year. We had hoped for a lenient ruling likely to create a climate of reconciliation between all parties.

We reaffirm our deep attachment to the freedom of opinion and expression as well as to the right to demonstrate peacefully. We call on the Bahraini authorities to give priority to the appeasement measures, in line with the recommendations of the Bassiouni report.


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