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Parliamentary questions
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24 January 2019
Answer given by High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini
Question reference: E-005884/2018

The EU is aware of the reports of ill-treatment against human rights activists imprisoned in Saudi Arabia, including the group of women activists detained since May. Those allegations, if verified, would constitute serious human rights violations, particularly if perpetrated in state facilities.

The EU is sparing no effort to engage 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 repeatedly 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 continue to make use of all the diplomatic tools at its disposal to continue to convey its positions on these cases as part of its dialogue with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Last updated: 24 January 2019Legal notice