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Parliamentary questions
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14 November 2018
Answer given by High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini
Question reference: E-004336/2018

The EU is following closely the judicial procedure involving five human rights activists, including Mrs Israa al-Ghomgham, where the Saudi public prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for all the defendants. EU representatives based in Riyadh intended to be present at the session of the trial, originally scheduled for 28 October 2018, but now adjourned until a later date, yet to be set.

The European Union and its Member States are strongly and unequivocally opposed to the use of capital punishment under all circumstances and aim at its universal abolition.

The EU has been engaging with the Saudi authorities seeking clarification on the circumstances surrounding the arrests of human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia since May, notably with regard to the specific accusations brought against them.

In particular the EU has emphasised the relevance of the work of human rights defenders and civil society groups in relation to the process of reform which the Kingdom is pursuing as well as the importance of respecting due process for all the individuals arrested.

The EU will make use of the diplomatic tools at its disposal to convey its position with regard to the evolution of this case as part of our regular and wider dialogue with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on human rights.

Last updated: 14 November 2018Legal notice