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Parliamentary questions
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18 April 2019
Question for written answer E-002006-19
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
José Inácio Faria (PPE)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Critical condition of Hassan Mushaima
 Answer in writing 

Hassan Mushaima is a founding member of the dissolved political party, Al-Wefaq, in Bahrain. He was arrested in March 2011 on account of his political activity alongside 12 other opposition leaders, known as the ‘Bahrain Thirteen’. In June 2011, after the group was subjected to torture, it was unlawfully convicted by a military court and sentenced to life imprisonment.

During the detention period, Mr Mushaima endured torture and degrading treatment. He is 71 years old, a lymphoma cancer survivor and also suffers from an acute form of diabetes, prostate issues and an ear infection — a complication stemmed from the consequences of an operation he undertook years ago due to a previous episode of torture he suffered.

In August 2018, his son, Ali Mushaima, launched a 63 day-long protest outside the Bahraini Embassy in London, including 46 days of hunger strike, to demand for more human treatment for his father.

1. Is the EU aware of Mr Mushaima’s health condition?

2. Has it taken steps to ensure that Mr Hushaima receives the medical treatment he needs and of which the Bahraini officials have deprived him?

3. Has it taken action and called for the release of Hassan Mushaima, given the fact that he is a prisoner of conscience?

Last updated: 8 May 2019Legal notice