International Praise for the Royal Pardon
The King of Bahrain received a letter from the United Nations
High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay, in which
she expressed her appreciation of the royal pardon which was issued
on the 11th of April 2009 regarding some individuals accused of
security breaches. She stated that the pardon is an indicator of
Bahrain’s continued efforts to fulfill its commitments within the
frame-work of the reform program and through cooperation and dialogue.
Pillay considered the royal pardon as an important step towards
fulfilling Bahrain’s human rights commitments which was announced
in the periodic review in 2008.
The Secretary General of Bahrain Human Rights Society, Abduallah
Al Drazi, said that the royal pardon is welcomed by local, regional
and international organizations, stating: ‘we hope that the pardon
includes the detainees in both the Karazkan and Al Ma’meer cases,
as these two cases have been delayed’.