Tuesday 22 May 2018

Bahrain invites UN to probe abuse charge

Geneva, May 18, 2011

Bahrain has invited the United Nations to investigate allegations of human rights abuse during the military takeover of a hospital in March, the Acting Health Minister said.

Dr Fatima Al Balooshi said she proposed that the World Health Organisation form a team to independently investigate the incident at Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) during a conversation with its head, Dr Margaret Chan, on Sunday.

'I told her that verbally and now I will write to her formally and officially so she can send a group. We have nothing to hide,' Dr Al Balooshi said in Geneva.

A spokeswoman for the WHO confirmed an invitation had been received, but said there were no plans yet to send a team.

'Dr Chan advised her to also invite other groups including human rights, civil society, and professional associations to visit Bahrain and attest to the real situation,' her spokeswoman said.-TradeArabia News Service

Tags: Bahrain | UN | World Health Organisation | Salmaniya Medical Complex | unrest | human rights abuse |

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