Human rights: Maldives; Malaysia; the case of Ibrahim Halawa in Egypt
Parliament calls for the immediate release of an Irish citizen, Ibrahim Halawa, detained in Egypt, the release of all political prisoners in Maldives, and the withdrawal of the anti-sodomy law in Malaysia, in three resolutions passed on Thursday.
The case of Ibrahim Halawa, who could face the death penalty in Egypt
MEPs call on the Egyptian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa, who "has been detained for more than two years on charges of attending an illegal protest on 16 and 17 august 2013 while on a family holiday in Cairo"
Parliament reiterates that Egypt "is bound by undisputable international obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child as they apply to Mr Halawa". It demands that the Egyptian authorities "categorically rule out the threat of the death penalty if Ibrahim Halawa is convicted, given that he was arrested as a juvenile" The text calls on the European External Action Service (EEAS), via the EU Delegation in Cairo, as well as EU member states, notably Ireland, to monitor all hearings in his trial and that of his co-defendants and to continue providing him with their full legal, consular and other forms of support.
Mr Halawa’s two sisters were present during the vote.
The resolution was passed by 566 votes to 11, with 46 abstentions
MEPs express deep concern about the gradual deterioration of democratic standards and increasingly authoritarian tendencies in the Maldives.. They call on the Maldives government to release, immediately and unconditionally, former President Mohamed Nasheed, former Vice-President Ahmed Adeeb and former defence ministers Tholhath Ibrahim and Mohamed Nazim, together with Sheikh Imran Abdulla and other political prisoners.
They also call on the EU Commission and member states "to issue comprehensive warnings about the Maldives’ human rights record to tourists planning to go to the country" and ask the European External Action Service to monitor closely the human rights and political situation in the Maldives.
The resolution was passed by x563 votes to 31, with 32 abstentions.
Parliament reaffirms the EU’s strong commitment to the Malaysian people, with whom the EU has strong and longstanding political, economic and cultural ties, but deplores the deteriorating human rights situation in the country. MEPs express concern over the passage of the National Security Council Bill and urge the Malaysian government to withdraw it and immediately release all political prisoners.
MEPs also ask Malaysia to withdraw the anti-sodomy law and call on the EEAS, in line with the EU guidelines on the protection and promotion of the rights of LGBTI persons, to step up its work on the rights of LGBTI people in Malaysia who face violence and persecution.
The resolution was passed by show of hands.
Procedure: Non-legislative resolutions