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Parliamentary questions
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11 November 2015
Answer given by High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini
Question reference: E-013000/2015

The HR/VP is aware of the case of Mr Fadhel Abbas Mahdi Mohamed. The EEAS both in Brussels and locally, via the EU Delegation in Riyadh, accredited also to Bahrain, has been closely monitoring this case, as well as those of other prominent activists.

The EEAS conducted several informal outreach initiatives towards the Bahraini authorities concerning the case of Mr Fadhel Abbas Mahdi Mohamed in close coordination with EU Member States represented in Manama.

The EEAS has been consistently advocating for the release of those arrested in the context of peaceful political activities, including in public statements, and will continue to liaise with the Bahraini authorities to advocate for the respect of Human Rights and fundamental freedoms as per Bahrain's international commitments, the recommendations set out by the Bahraini Independent Commission of Inquiry and the recommendations made during Bahrain's UN Universal Periodic Review process.

The EU will continue to call on the Bahraini Government to act proportionately in all such cases to protect the universal rights of freedom of expression and assembly and to reconsider charges against citizens accused or convicted as a result of the peaceful expression of their opinion, as was done during the second visit of the EUSR for Human Rights S. Lambrinidis in May 2015. A sustainable political process leading to gradual and inclusive reform requires an environment where legitimate and peaceful grievances can be expressed freely.

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