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Parliamentary questions
6 June 2013
Question for written answer
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 117
Sir Graham Watson (ALDE)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Oppression of the political opposition in Bahrain

It has been two years since the uprising in February 2011 by an anti-government movement in Bahrain, the oppression of peaceful protesters which led to the loss of 80 lives, and the deportation of numerous journalists.

In November 2011 the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) released its report outlining violations by the current regime of its citizens’ rights in its handling of the protest, including torture and forced confessions. The king has accepted all the recommendations. However, political dialogue between the government and its citizens has been further hindered by the continuous crackdown on the opposition and the incomplete implementation of the human rights recommendations of the BICI. Only last month the Bahraini government was accused of using spy software to target leading opposition activists and human rights groups in Bahrain and abroad. In April three ITV News journalists were detained by the police and deported, despite the official authorisation gained previously. Many political prisoners remain in jail with no prospect of appeal, while other activists have fled the country.

The High Representative/Vice-President has welcomed the resumption of the national dialogue in Bahrain in February 2013. However, the progress of the dialogue is questionable.

How does the High Representative/Vice-President intend to take action to investigate the continuous human rights violations and oppression of political opposition in Bahrain?

 OJ C 47 E, 19/02/2014
Last updated: 18 June 2013Legal notice