Transparency International calls on Bahrain to lift travel ban on Sharaf Almosawi
Head of Bahrain Transparency Society barred from attending key Transparency International meeting
Issued by Transparency International Secretariat
Transparency International and its chapters express serious concern about the Government of Bahrain restricting the freedom of movement of Sayed Sharaf Almosawi, chair of the Bahrain Transparency Society, Transparency International's chapter in Bahrain, who was put under a travel ban for the second time this year. This has prevented him from attending Transparency International’s Annual Membership Meeting 2017, where the entire movement is meeting in Berlin between 12 and 15 October.
This crackdown on anti-corruption activists is inconsistent with commitments made by the Government of Bahrain, which signed the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) in 2005 and ratified it in 2010. Article 13 of the convention specifically promotes the active participation of civil society in the fight against corruption.
We ask the Government of Bahrain to immediately lift the travel ban on Sharaf Almousawi and reaffirm its commitment by guaranteeing the safety of those who speak out when they see corruption and injustice.
Statement signed by 48 chapters at Transparency International’s Annual Membership Meeting in Berlin, 13 October 2017.
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