UN WGAD Requests Bahrain to Release Sheikh Ali Salman Immediately

The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention concluded that Bahrain’s breaches of articles 9, 10 and 11 of the UDHR and articles 9 and 14 of the ICCPR in the case of Sheikh Ali Salman are of such gravity as to give his deprivation of liberty an arbitrary character.

In its opinions adopted by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention at its seventy-third session, from 31 August– 4 September 2015 said, “The deprivation of liberty of Sheikh Ali Salman, being in contravention of articles 9, 10 11, 18, 19, 20 and 21 of the UDHR and articles 9, 14, 18, 19, 21, 22 and 25 of the ICCPR, is arbitrary, falling within categories II and III of the categories applicable to the consideration of cases submitted to the Working Group.

“Consequent upon the opinion rendered, the Working Group requests the Government to take the necessary steps to remedy the situation of Sheikh Ali Salman without delay and bring it into conformity with the standards and principles in the UDHR and the ICCPR.

“Taking into account all the circumstances of the case, the Working Group considers that the adequate remedy would be to release Sheikh Ali Salman immediately, and to accord him with an enforceable right to compensation in accordance with article 9, paragraph 5, of the ICCPR”.

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