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Parliamentary questions
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12 November 2019
Question for written answer
to the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Rule 138
Phil Bennion
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Medical treatment for Hajer Mansoor

On 31 October 2017, Hajer Mansoor, her son Sayed Nizar Alwadaei and her nephew Mahmood Marzooq Mansoor were sentenced in an unfair trial to three years’ imprisonment in reprisal for the human rights work of Ms Mansoor’s son-in-law, the exiled human rights defender Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei. The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) found Ms Mansoor’s detention to be arbitrary and in reprisal for Mr Alwadaei’s work. Moreover, the UN Secretary-General mentioned her case in his annual report on reprisals against individuals cooperating with the UN in 2018 and 2019. While in prison, Ms Mansoor has been subjected to a series of punitive measures, including the deliberate denial of care for medical issues such as a lump in her breast and kidney stones, and restrictions on family visits and time outside the cell.

Is the EU aware of Ms Mansoor’s health condition?

What action will be taken to ensure that Ms Mansoor is granted access to the medical attention she requires?

Has the EU raised concerns of arbitrary detention and reprisal with Bahrain?

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