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Parliamentary question - E-004024/2021(ASW)Parliamentary question

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

Human rights are a central aspect of the EU engagement with Bahrain and are regularly addressed with the Bahraini authorities. During the last EU — Bahrain human rights dialogue on 22 February 2021, discussions focused on the right to a fair trial, prison conditions, including access of inmates to adequate medical care in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, arbitrary detentions, allegations of torture and ill treatment.

In this context, the EU called on Bahrain to fully adhere to its international human rights obligations . The meeting also allowed raising individual cases, including the cases of Hassan Mushaima and Abduljalil al-Singace.

As a follow-up to the human rights dialogue, on 2 May 2021 the Head of EU Delegation to Bahrain, together with other diplomats and representatives of international organisations accredited to Bahrain, participated in a visit to the Jau prison, organised by the Bahraini authorities. The visit allowed the EU to engage with the Bahraini authorities, prison staff as well as several inmates.

Moreover, the visit of the Foreign Minister of Bahrain on 10 February 2021 to Brussels had allowed the High Representative/Vice-President (HR/VP) to raise several cases of imprisoned activists and human rights defenders, pleading for a solution including on humanitarian grounds.

The EU Special Representative for Human Rights has also repeatedly raised the cases of imprisoned Bahraini activists with high-level Bahraini interlocutors , most recently on 21 May 2021.

Last updated: 26 October 2021
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