UN criticizes repression in Bahrain, urges dialogue

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A UN special adviser sharply criticized Bahrain’s government Wednesday for repressing opponents and revoking the citizenship of the Gulf state’s top Shiite religious leader.

Adama Dieng, the special adviser for the prevention of genocide, warned that the country and the region were facing “a critical moment.”

He noted a series of other “worrying developments,” including the re-arrest of Nabil Rajab, the founder of the Bahrain Human Rights Centre, travel bans on human rights activists, the dissolution of Bahrain’s main opposition group, an increase in the sentence of a jailed opposition leader, and the interrogation last week of five Shia clerics.

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