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Statement of 30 April 2013 on visit to Bahrain

Seven members of the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with the Arab Peninsula are conducting a three-day visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain from 29 April to 1 May 2013.

The Delegation is engaging in an open and frank dialogue on political, economic and cultural relations as well as on the human rights situation [...]

The Delegation

1. Underlines the importance of deepening political, economic and cultural cooperation between the EU and Bahrain and the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC); welcomes the planned opening of a EU Delegation in the United Arab Emirates in 2013, since this underlines the importance of the whole region for the EU and will strengthen cooperation;

2. Repeats the European Parliament's call for the conclusion of the free trade agreement between the EU and the GCC [...]

Statement of March 2011 on the situation in Bahrain

Angelika Niebler, chair of the Delegation for relations with the Arab Peninsula:

We noted with deep concern the deteriorating situation in the Kingdom of Bahrain, the deployment of the Saudi-led Peninsula shield forces on the territory of the Kingdom, the imposing of the state of emergency and of the martial law.

We express our great distress on the use of excessive force against peaceful protesters, on attacks on ambulances and hospitals and call for immediate cessation of further violence.

We call on the Bahraini authorities to find a peaceful answer, through political dialogue, to the people's legitimate aspirations and to fulfil their obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law, including the protection of healthcare facilities and allowing the treatment of the wounded.

Statement of 29 April 2011 on death sentences in Bahrain

Gabriele Albertini, Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Heidi Hautala, Chair of the Sub-Committee on Human Rights
Sub-Committee, and Angelika Niebler, Chair of the Delegation for relations with the Arab Peninsula:

We condemn the death sentences handed down to four Bahrainis on 28 April, and are following developments in Bahrain with deep concern. The European Union firmly opposes to the death penalty, a principle we reiterated in our recent resolution on the EU relations with the Gulf Cooperation Council. Furthermore, we hear that the trial of these four civilians was conducted in a special military court, with only limited access to legal representation, which raises serious doubts about its fairness.

At a time when further trials are taking place, the Bahraini population, especially young people using social networks such as Facebook, is turning to the European Parliament for support. We feel that the Bahraini authorities should listen to their concerns