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State Dept. on Detention of Shaikh Salman in Bahrain

31 December 2014

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, D.C.
December 31, 2014

STATEMENT BY JEFF RATHKE, DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF PRESS RELATIONS
Statement on the Detention of Shaikh Salman in Bahrain

We are deeply concerned by the detention and ongoing questioning of Bahraini opposition leader Shaikh Ali Salman. Opposition parties that peacefully voice criticism of the government play a vital role in inclusive, pluralistic states and societies. We are concerned that this action against a senior leader of the opposition will only inflame tensions.

We strongly urge the Government of Bahrain to follow due process in this and all cases and abide by its commitment to transparent judicial proceedings conducted in full accordance with Bahraini law and Bahrain’s international legal obligations. We also call on all parties to avoid escalatory actions and to employ public rhetoric that clearly and unambiguously rejects all forms of violence.