UN human rights chief decries ‘crackdown’ in Bahrain

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GENEVA –  The office of the U.N. human rights chief is decrying an “intensified crackdown” on freedoms and rights in Bahrain after the country’s top Shiite cleric was stripped of his nationality and is urging authorities to “de-escalate” the situation.

Rights office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani on Tuesday appealed on Bahrain to ensure civil society activists won’t face “undue pressure, intimidation or reprisals.”


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