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Macron. Litiga anche con il Bahrain. Re al Khalifa annulla visita a Parigi.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2018-06-30.

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Il Bahrein o Bahrain, ufficialmente Regno del Bahrein, è un piccolo Stato situato su un arcipelago di 33 isole vicino alle coste occidentali del Golfo Persico, la sua capitale è Manama. La lingua ufficiale è l’arabo.

Ha circa un milione e mezzo di abitanti con pil ppa procapite di 28,691 Usd. Noto per il suo petrolio e per le sue perle, il Bahrein è anche sede di molte grandi strutture, tra cui il Bahrain World Trade Center e il Bahrain Financial Harbour.

«France sought to assuage Bahrain on Friday after rare criticism by its ambassador to the kingdom over human rights and an honorary citizenship by Paris of a rights campaigner sparked anger in Manama»

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«French ambassador Cecile Longe tweeted on June 7 that Paris was deeply concerned by the “treatment of human rights defenders and political opponents in the country” and specifically criticized the confirmation of a five-year prison sentence for opposition member Nabeel Rajab.»

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«Longe’s tweets were followed by a decision on Monday by Paris town hall to make the activist an honorary citizen of the French capital.»

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«A Bahraini emissary was dispatched to Paris on Friday to underscore Manama’s disapproval over the issue»

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«the decision had pushed the Bahrainis to look to call off the king’s official visit to Paris, which had been due at the end of June»

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Se l’aver mandato come ambasciatrice in Bahrain Mrs Cecile Longe sembrerebbe essere stata una delle idee meno brillanti dei nostri tempi, criticare il Regno per una condanna inflitta da una sua propria Corte Penale a mente delle leggi ivi in vigore.

«On 21 February 2018, Nabeel Rajab was sentenced to five years in prison on charges of “spreading false rumors in time of war,” “insulting public authorities,” and “insulting a foreign country” in relation to Twitter posts about Bahrain’s participation in Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen» [Fonte]

Sono ben pochi gli stati che in tempo di guerra non prevedano come reato lo spargere notizie false.

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Mr Macron, la Francia, l’Unione Europea e gli occidentali in genere hanno da tempo il vezzo di sentirsi autorizzati a far la morale agli altri stati sovrani. Farlo poi in via ufficiale tramite l’ambasciatrice non concorre a generare un clima di calme e serene relazioni diplomatiche.

Il fatto che Mr Nabeel Rajab sia riferito essere un ”human rights defender” non lo autorizza minimamente ad insultare le pubbliche autorità, altri stati stranieri, né, tanto meno, a propalar menzogne.

Intanto un effetto c’è stato: Re al Khalifa ha annullato la visita che avrebbe dovuto tenere a Parigi a fine di questo mese.

Diciamo che Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord era ben più cauto e diplomatico dei suoi epigoni francesi.


Reuters. 2018-06-23. France seeks to calm Bahrain after rights criticism

PARIS (Reuters) – France sought to assuage Bahrain on Friday after rare criticism by its ambassador to the kingdom over human rights and an honorary citizenship by Paris of a rights campaigner sparked anger in Manama, three sources said.

France, one of the five veto-wielding members of the U.N. Security Council, has close ties with Gulf Arab states, in particular Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and rarely publicly criticizes internal political issues.

However, French ambassador Cecile Longe tweeted on June 7 that Paris was deeply concerned by the “treatment of human rights defenders and political opponents in the country” and specifically criticized the confirmation of a five-year prison sentence for opposition member Nabeel Rajab.

Rajab was sentenced to five years in prison in February for criticizing a Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen and accusing Bahrain’s prison authorities of torture.

Longe’s tweets were followed by a decision on Monday by Paris town hall to make the activist an honorary citizen of the French capital.

“The Bahrainis went apoplectic after this because the symbolism of it was a step too far,” said one source aware of the matter.

A Bahraini emissary was dispatched to Paris on Friday to underscore Manama’s disapproval over the issue, two diplomatic sources said.

The sources said the decision had pushed the Bahrainis to look to call off the king’s official visit to Paris, which had been due at the end of June.

One of the two diplomats said Manama had informed Paris that the visit, which had never been officially announced, could not go ahead due to a death in the royal family.

The French presidency declined to comment. France’s foreign ministry said it stood by the ambassador’s tweets. Bahrain’s embassy in Paris did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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