15 March 2012

Parliament condemns human rights violations in Bahrain and urges the Bahraini authorities and security forces to stop the excessive use of violence, including the excessive use of tear gas, repression, acts of torture, unlawful detention and prosecution of peaceful protestors. Human rights organisations say that over 100 citizens have been arbitrarily detained in the past two months in Bahrain.

MEPs reiterate their call for the immediate and unconditional release of all peaceful demonstrators, political activists and human rights defenders, in particular Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, and Mahdi Abu Dheeb, President of the Bahrain Teachers’ Association.

Impartial and independent investigations must be made into human rights violations by the police and security forces (6) and human rights and fundamental freedoms restored, says Parliament, which welcomes the setting up of a Ministry for Human Rights and Social Development in Bahrain.

Finally, MEPs welcome the recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) and urges the Bahraini Government to take all necessary steps to implement them swiftly and in full.

Procedure: Motions for resolutions (Rule 122)

Read the full European Parliament resolution of 15 March 2012 on human rights violations in Bahrain