On Tuesday, 23 January 2018, a delegation from the Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR) have visited New Zealand Embassy in the Australian capital Canberra.
The delegation, supervised by Yahiya al-Hadeed; the head of the GIDHR have met with the Director of the New Zealand Ambassador; Mr. Chris Master.
The GIDHR’s delegation have delivered a letter to Mr. Master; in which they highlight the intensifying death penalty sentences in Bahrain, regardless of the firm doubts expressed by local and international human rights organisations upon these trials that do not meet the minimum international standards of fair trial.
The letter also has spotlight on the escalation of the pace of repression and human rights violations against the dissents.
The GIDHR’s letter calls on Mr. Chris Master to demand from the New Zealand government to urge Bahrain to abolish these verdicts and to put an end to its blatant human rights violations.
Besides, the GIDHR’s delegation have thoroughly focused on the unfair trial of the opposition leader and the Secretary-General of the Islamic National Society (al-Wefaq); Sheikh Ali Salman and his new politically motivated charges.
The GIDHR’s delegation have, in addition, expressed their condemnation upon the Bahraini authorities’ closure of the Islamic National Society (al-Wefaq) and its arbitrary constraints over any political action or the right to exercise the freedom of expression and associations, in the country.
At the end of the visit, the New Zealand embassy representatives have expressed their willingness to cooperation with the GIDHR, to deliver their letter to the officials and to back their attempts to promote democracy and social justice in Bahrain.