EU Parliament Adopts Resolution on Human Rights Breaches in Bahrain
EU Parliament adopted on Thursday three resolutions taking stock of the human rights situation in Bahrain.
In a press release, the European Parliament tackled the cases of death row inmates and human rights defenders
“MEPs are deeply concerned that ten years after the Bahraini ‘Arab Spring’ uprising, in 2011, the human rights situation in the country continues to worsen. Arbitrary arrests continue, the death penalty is still being applied, human rights defenders are prosecuted and harassed, and civil and political rights and freedoms of association, assembly, and expression continue to be denied.”
The resolution strongly condemned the sentencing to death of Mohammed Ramadan and Husain Ali Moosa, and urged the Bahraini authorities, in particular the King Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, to halt their execution immediately.
“Their sentences must also be commuted and there must be a retrial that fully complies with international fair trial standards and excludes evidence obtained under torture,” MEPs said according to the press release.
The European Parliament further strongly deplored the lifting of the de facto moratorium on the use of the death penalty in Bahrain and called on the authorities to introduce immediately a new moratorium on the use of capital punishment as a step towards its abolition.
“MEPs also demand that all human rights defenders and prisoners of conscience in the country be immediately and unconditionally released.”
The MEPs meanwhile, called on the Bahraini regime to stop harassing human rights defenders and immediately lift the travel ban on them.
“The country’s authorities must also guarantee that human rights defenders are able to carry out their legitimate activities under all circumstances.”