UN rights office hit by Bahrain e-mail 'campaign'
The office of the human UN rights chief said Tuesday it appeared to have been targeted by an orchestrated e-mail campaign after it condemned a takeover of Bahrain hospitals by security forces.
"Since last Thurday, we've been inundated with e-mails telling us we got it back to front and that the protestors are the ones completely at fault," said Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
"Many of these e-mails are very similar in content, suggesting an orchestrated campaign. That said, some or even many of these e-mails may be genuine," he added.
The UN High Commissioner, Navi Pillay, had issued a statement on Thursday condemning a takeover of Bahrain hospitals and medical facilities by military forces as "a blatant violation of international law."
Colville reiterated on Tuesday that the situation in Bahrain remained very worrying and noted that the UN rights office's sources have had their communications cut.
"This is making it quite hard to sort out what precisEly is going on, especially in the villages outside the capital Manama which are mostly inhabitated by Shias," he said.
He called on Bahrain authorities to "scrupulously abide by international standards," stressing that peaceful demonstrations or giving interviews to journalists were not crimes.
© 2011 AFP