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Procedure : 2011/2875(RSP)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : B7-0556/2011

Texts tabled :


Debates :

PV 27/10/2011 - 12.2
CRE 27/10/2011 - 12.2

Votes :

PV 27/10/2011 - 13.2

Texts adopted :


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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B7-0541/2011

with request for inclusion in the agenda for the debate on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law

pursuant to Rule 122 of the Rules of Procedure

on the situation in Bahrain

Charles Tannock, Ashley Fox, Michał Tomasz Kamiński, Ryszard Antoni Legutko, Tomasz Piotr Poręba, Adam Bielan, Valdemar Tomaševski, Ryszard Czarnecki on behalf of the ECR Group
NB: This motion for a resolution is available in the original language only.

European Parliament resolution on the situation in Bahrain  

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to its previous resolutions on Bahrain; in particular those of 7 July 2011 on the situation in Syria, Yemen and Bahrain in the context of the situation in the Arab world and North Africa, of 7 April 2011 on the situation in Syria, Bahrain and Yemen; and of 24 March 2011 on European Union relations with the Gulf Cooperation Council,


–  having regard to numerous statements on the situation in Bahrain made by the High Representative / Vice President Catherine Ashton, including the Statement on the situation in Egypt, Syria, Yemen and Bahrain in the European Parliament, Brussels, on 12 October 2011,

–   having regard to Rule 122(5) of its Rules of Procedure,


A. whereas, pro democracy protests have occurred regularly in Bahrain since February 2011, during which security forces have arrested and imprisoned hundreds of protesters, including medical staff working at the Manana Salamaniya Medical Complex,


A. whereas, on 22 June 2011 Bahrain's National Safety Court, a military court, announced its verdict on 21 Bahraini opposition activists, including seven in absentia; whereas eight opposition activists were sentenced to life in prison and 13 received jail sentences of up to 15 years for ‘plotting to topple the government’; whereas those charges were upheld by the National Safety Court of Appeal on 28 September 2011,

B.  whereas on 29 September 2011 the National Safety Court of First Instance imposed prison sentences on a group of twenty doctors and health workers for their alleged role in trying to topple the government of Bahrain; whereas approximately sixty civilians have been tried in Courts of National safety this year,

C. whereas on 6 October 2011 Bahrain's Public Prosecutor ordered the re-trial of the group of health workers to be held in a civilian court of law,

D. whereas, many other political activists, human rights defenders and journalists were detained during recent pro-reform protests, and whereas according to human rights organisations they have been tortured, ill-treated and harassed,


F.  Whereas the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry, composed of five independent, international experts, is probing alleged abuses during protests against the Bahrain government earlier this year and was due to produce the report on 23 October 2011,


G. whereas, at least 35 people have now been killed since anti-government protests began, including Ahmed al-Jaber al-Qatan, allegedly shot while participating in an anti-government protest on 6 October near the capital Manama and for which an investigation has now been initiated,



1.  Deplores the use of special military courts for the trial of civilians and calls upon the Bahrain authorities to cease immediately the use of such courts for the trial of civilians;


2.  Expresses deep regret that the Bahraini Special Tribunal sentenced the group of medics to between 5 and 15 years in prison, and upheld life sentences against Bahraini opposition leaders and passed two sentences of the death penalty; expresses concern that these sentences appear disproportionate to the charges brought;


3.  Welcomes the decision taken by Bahrain's Public Prosecutor on 6 October 2011 to order the re-trial of the group of health workers, previously convicted in the National safety Court, in civilian courts;


4.  Welcomes the decisions of the court on 23 October to drop several lower-case charges against the group of health workers; expresses concern that serious accusations remain;


5.  Demands that all cases involving civilians currently before the National Safety Court be transferred to civilian courts, in line with international standards; believes that such action would demonstrate Bahrain's commitment to upholding civil liberties, including the right to appeal and equal access to justice; calls on the Bahraini judicial authorities to follow due process carefully and transparently;


6.  Welcomes the setting up of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry, in order to investigate alleged abuses during protests against the Bahrain government earlier this year; looks forward to receiving the findings of the inquiry and the use of the report as a means to prevent any potential abuses occurring in the future; reiterates its call for Bahraini Government not to interfere in its work;


7.  Calls upon the Bahrain authorities to recognise the legitimate right of the people of Bahrain to exercise freedom of expression, association and assembly; urges the Bahrain authorities to show the utmost restraint when attempting to control protests;


7.  Expresses deep regret at the loss of life that has occurred so far including the alleged shooting by security forces of Ahmed al-Jaber al-Qatan, while participating in an anti-government protest on 6 October near the capital Manama; Urges the Bahraini authorities to investigate all deaths as a result of any unrest in a transparent manner;


8.  Calls upon the government of Bahrain to engage in an open and constructive political dialogue, involving all democratic political parties and movements and representatives of civil society, in order to address the grievances of the people of Bahrain;


8.  Praises the people of Bahrain for the courage they have demonstrated in their peaceful fight for democratic change, in particular those who have been and often still are at the forefront of the protests;


10. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the governments and parliaments of the Member States, the government of Bahrain, and the Gulf Cooperation Council.


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