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Parliamentary questions
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31 May 2018
Joint answer given by High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini
Written questions: E-000064/18 , E-000287/18 , E-000364/18 , E-000436/18
Question references: E-000064/2018, E-000287/2018, E-000364/2018, E-000436/2018

The High Representative/Vice-President is well aware of the issues raised by the Honourable Members. The EU continues to reiterate its call on all the countries still carrying out the death penalty, including Bahrain, to establish a moratorium on executions as a first step towards abolition, and to commute remaining death sentences to prison terms.

This was, inter alia, emphasised by the EU in a statement by the spokesperson in January 2017 on executions carried out in Bahrain(1).

During the last EU-Bahrain informal working group on human rights in Brussels in April 2017, the EU, among other issues, raised concerns about the application of the death penalty and the reinstatement of military courts to try civilians. As to the latter, the EU welcomed at the time the acknowledgment by Bahrain of the recommendations in the 2011 report by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) insisting on the importance of their swift and comprehensive implementation.

Since then and despite the reiterated EU offers of assistance to the Bahraini authorities in this domain progress remained elusive.

The EU continues to regularly engage with the Bahraini authorities in these domains both through its Delegation in Riyadh (accredited to Bahrain) and through high-level visits. The above issues will be raised again by the EU at next meeting of EU-Bahrain informal working group on human rights tentatively planned for May 2018.


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