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Parliamentary question - E-003798/2019(ASW)Parliamentary question

Answer given by Vice-President Borrell on behalf of the European Commission

The European Union, including through the EU Delegation accredited to Bahrain (based in Riyadh), has been closely following the case of the three members of the family of the Bahraini Human Rights Defender Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei and has been engaging the Bahraini authorities on the matter.

More precisely, the Head of EU Delegation raised the issue with the Bahraini Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Manama in a meeting ahead of the final verdict issued by the court on the 25 February 2019 which upheld the three year prison sentence. Several representatives of EU Member states attended the trial.

Following the final verdict, the Head of EU Delegation took up the issue again with the Bahraini Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and conveyed the EU concerns on the matter.

The most recent informal EU-Bahraini Human Rights dialogue held on 7 November 2019 in Brussels offered another opportunity to discuss the right to fair trial, including the access of adequate healthcare for prisoners in Bahrain. At the meeting, the EU also raised concerns on arbitrary detention and reprisal in Bahrain.

As part of its comprehensive approach, which aims to be supportive of Bahrain's stability through reforms and national dialogue, the EU will continue to encourage the Government of Bahrain to meet all of its national and international human rights commitments, as well as to implement the recommendations of the Universal Periodic Review.

Last updated: 10 February 2020
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