E UNITED NATIONS Economic and Social Council Distr. GENERAL E/CN.4/2002/77/Add.2 5 March 2002 ENGLISH Original: FRENCH COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS Fifty-eighth session Agenda item 11 (b) CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS, INCLUDING THE QUESTION OF TORTURE AND DETENTION REPORT OF THE WORKING GROUP ON ARBITRARY DETENTION Addendum Visit to Bahrain* Executive Summary A delegation of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention visited Bahrain from 19 to 24 October 2001. It comprised two members of the Group, its Vice-Chairman, Mr. Louis Joinet, and Mrs. Leïla Zerrougui (Algeria), accompanied by the Group’s secretary. Throughout its visit, the delegation enjoyed the full cooperation of the Bahraini Government. The authorities granted it unrestricted access to all prisons and police station holding cells. It was able to speak freely and without witnesses to prisoners it selected at random. * The executive summary of this mission report is being circulated in all official languages. The report itself, originally produced in English and French, is contained in the annex to the executive summary, and is being circulated in English and Arabic only. GE.02-11288 (E) 100402 120402

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