|Iran says Bahrain suppresses its citizens||
TEHRAN – Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Morteza Sarmadi has accused the Bahraini government of torturing and imprisoning its critics and suppressing freedom of peaceful assembly.
Addressing a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday, Sarmadi said, “It is unfortunate that the Bahraini government is misusing this august body to make unfounded allegations against others, rather than providing necessary information on the improvement of the situation of human rights in his country.”
On Thursday, Bahrain accused Iran of fomenting deadly violence in the kingdom.
On Monday, three policemen were killed by a bomb at a demonstration in Daih, west of the capital Manama, during a procession of mourners for a Shia Muslim who died in custody last week, according to Reuters.
The attack has raised concerns about the possibility of more violence breaking out in the kingdom, where opposition groups have staged demonstrations for three years demanding political reform and an end to discrimination.
The Saraya al-Ashtar organization claimed responsibility for the attack in a message on social media.
“The violence we see in Bahrain is directly supported by elements of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmed al-Khalifa said at the meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Iran denies having links to Bahrain’s opposition.
Khalifa called on Iran to “respect the principles of non-intervention, peaceful coexistence, and good neighborliness enshrined in the UN Charter.”
He said that Bahrain had always sought friendship with the Islamic Republic and continues to act in good faith, adding, “But we will not tolerate any foreign actor compromising our security and stability.”
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