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Parliamentary questions
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1 July 2019
Answer given by High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini
Question reference: E-002006/2019

The European Union, through its Delegation in Riyadh (which is also accredited to Bahrain) is monitoring the case of Hassan Mushaima and other individual cases as well as the overall human rights situation in Bahrain, acting in concert with EU Member States represented in Manama.

The EU has raised Mr Mushaima's case with the Bahraini authorities, including most recently with the National Institute of Human Rights (NIHR), also inquiring about his health condition. We will continue to monitor the case, liaising as appropriate with the authorities in Manama and using all available means to further address the deteriorating human rights situation in the country.

In this regard, at the informal EU-Bahrain Human Rights dialogue on 15 May 2018 in Manama, the EU continued to raise all issues pertaining to fair trial, prison conditions (including the need to ensure adequate medical treatment for prisoners) and the overall human rights situation in the country. Furthermore, at the recent 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council in March 2019 in Geneva, the EU reiterated its overall concerns regarding the human rights situation in Bahrain, including the right to a fair trial and threats posed by the politicisation of the judiciary.

Finally the EU has followed closely the sentencing of senior members of the dissolved Al Wefaq political society and has on several occasions since 2014 publicly expressed its concerns over the increasingly limited political space in Bahrain, including for non-violent political opposition. Most recently, in the statements by the High Representative/Vice-President Spokesperson on 5 November 2018(1) and 28 January 2019(2), the EU again expressed its expectation that these sentences would be reconsidered and that Bahrain fulfils its international and national human rights obligations, including guaranteeing the right to a fair trial, in the interest of the long term stability of the country and its citizens.

(1)Statement by the Spokesperson on the sentencing of Sheikh Ali Salman in Bahrain, 5.11.2018. https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/53247/statement-spokesperson-sentencing-sheikh-ali-salman-bahrain_en
(2)Statement by the Spokesperson on the life sentencing of opposition leaders in Bahrain, 28.1.2019. https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-Homepage/57287/statement-spokesperson-life-sentencing-opposition-leaders-bahrain_en

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