MEPs deeply concerned over Bahraini prisoners sentenced to death 

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Joint statement by MEPs Maria Arena and Hannah Neumann on torture victims Mohamed Ramadan and Hussein Moosa facing capital punishment in Bahrain.

"We express our grave concern over the failures of the courts in Bahrain to exclude torture evidence in the case of Mohamed Ramadan and Hussein Moosa and, at the same time, to conduct an adequate torture investigation.

International law strictly prohibits the imposition of the death penalty on the basis of forced confessions and clearly requires that torture allegations are promptly and impartially investigated. It is disappointing that Bahrain’s government-affiliated oversight bodies have not properly investigated the torture allegations, and that Bahraini courts have not excluded torture-tainted evidence at trial.

We therefore call on Bahrain to comply with its international human rights obligations by quashing their death sentences and conducting an independent and impartial torture investigation into their cases."

Maria Arena is the Chair of the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights.

Hannah Neumann is the Chair of the European Parliament’s delegation for relations with the Arab Peninsula.

Background

Next Monday, on 13 July, the two men face having their death sentences upheld. If their death sentences are confirmed, both Mohamed Ramadan and Hussein Moosa will face imminent execution with less than 24 hours notice.

Executions in Bahrain have dramatically increased since 2017. When it comes to the majority of the recent death row cases and executions in the country, international human rights experts have raised concerns that Bahraini authorities have extracted confessions and other evidence through torture.

Dr Agnès Callamard, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, has stated that “Hussein Moosa and Mohamed Ramadan raise a prima facie case of torture by the Bahraini police, and there are clear breaches of the Istanbul Protocol and other fair trial rights when it comes to their cases. It is the duty of the state in these circumstances to exclude confessions obtained under torture or other ill treatment, refrain from imposing a sentence in violation of fair trial rights, and in particular to ensure no death sentence is imposed which would be an unlawful deprivation of their right to life.”