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Parliamentary questions
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21 October 2014
Question for written answer E-008190-14
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
David Martin (S&D)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Rearrest of Nabeel Rajab in Bahrain
 Answer in writing 

It is now over a year (5 August 2013) since, in reply to Written Question E-006473/13 on oppression of the political opposition in Bahrain, the Commission responded that the EU ‘will continue to call on authorities to prioritise the implementation of BICI [Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry] and UPR [Universal Periodic Review] recommendations, and will remain a steadfast advocate and supporter of the on-going National Dialogue’.

The recent arrest and detention of Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, came less than 24 hours after he arrived in Bahrain, having only recently been released from a two-year prison sentence.

Given that Mr Rajab is the Deputy Secretary-General of the International Federation for Human Rights, President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, Director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights and a member of the Advisory Committee for the Middle East and North Africa Division of Human Rights Watch, does the VP/HR not agree that his detention will threaten to destabilise the Kingdom of Bahrain even further, and can she advise as to what further action she intends to take?

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