Open Letter from MEPs on Human Rights in Bahrain
19 December 2016
Dear Ms. Mogherini,
We are writing to urge you to take action on the deteriorating human rights situation in Bahrain, particularly the continued imprisonment of human rights defenders and opposition politicians. We ask you to persist in engaging with the Bahraini government in order to secure their release.
Particular concern has been raised regarding the conditions of political activists Dr. Abdujalil al-Singace and Hassan Mushaima, who have been imprisoned since 2011. Dr. Singace has been subject to torture, ill-treatment and solitary confinement. Both suffer from deteriorating health conditions and have been denied access to medical care.
In the meantime, prominent human rights defender and prisoner of conscience Nabeel Rajab, remains in prison after a prolonged period of solitary confinement, has had to be taken to hospital for the third time with an irregular heart-beat. He has been put on trial for peaceful comments he posted on Twitter and faces up to 15 years in prison. His trial was postponed for the fifth time at the on 15 December, while the Bahraini government seeks to examine his twitter account more thoroughly and the verdict in his trial is scheduled for 28 December. Human rights groups have emphasised that Nabeel Rajab’s trial is also a trial of Bahrain’s future.
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