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Bahrainis call on U.N. to hear plea

Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 01:26

Dec. 15 - Hundreds of Bahrainis call on the UN to hear their plea for human rights with a protest outside the organizations office in Manama. Marie-Claire Fennessy reports.

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Hundreds of Bahrainis call on the UN to hear their words in what they say is an absence of human rights in the Gulf state. Earlier in the year, thousands of mainly Shi'ite Bahrainis marched through the streets. They were demanding political change, to limit the power of the ruling Sunni Al-Khalifa family. Bahrain called in troops from Saudi Arabia among other states as it cracked down on protests. There has been no progress in talks between the government and opposition groups on political reforms. In Maqshaa on Tuesday, people gathered in a demonstration organised by Bahrain's main opposition party. (SOUNDBITE) DIRECTOR OF WEFAQ SOCIETY WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION, AHLAM AL-KHUZAEI, SAYING (Arabic): "There is no other solution but an elected government that represents the people's will instead of an appointed government, the national assembly must have the authority to question its members, ministers and officials, no one escape can questioning including the Prime Minister." Bahrain has ordered an investigation into all deaths and torture cases implicating the police during the crackdown, as part of reconciliation efforts. A move commended by the United States. But the people on the streets feel more needs to be done. Marie-Claire Fennessy, Reuters

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Bahrainis call on U.N. to hear plea

Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 01:26