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UN admits receiving untrue reports about Bahrain

/ 6 June 2011

MANAMA — A top UN official admitted on Saturday that the information it received about the human rights situation in Bahrain during the recent unrest was not true.

“Certain information which we received about the developments in Bahrain is untrue,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem (Navi) Pillay said, according to Bahrain News Agency.

Navi Pillay made the comment during her meeting with Bahrain’s Social Development Minister and acting health minister Dr Fatima bint Mohammed Al Balooshi in Geneva.

She also acknowledged that the situation is Bahrain is quite different, and is thus incomparable to ongoing unrest in other countries in the region. She extended thanks to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa for inviting a UNHCR mission to Bahrain, saying such a visit is in the framework of cooperation between Bahrain and the UNHCR.

Dr Al Balooshi updated Navi Pillay on the current situation in Bahrain, stressing that things had returned to normal.

“The Government of Bahrain is looking forward to a new prolific period, building on the landmark achievements under His Majesty’s reform project,” she said.   shamada@khaleejtimes.com

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