15 September 2017 – On Tuesday, in a statement during the 36th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, the EU expressed deep concern over the ongoing human rights abuses in Bahrain. It urged “the authorities to respect the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly” and called “on all parties to engage in an inclusive dialogue”.
At the 36th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, the European Union reiterated its strong commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights worldwide and welcomed the opportunity to discuss the human rights situation in various parts of the world. Before discussing some country’s main issues, including Bahrain, the EU underlined the great importance of promoting a safe environment for civil society actors and for all those who work for the defence of human rights, condemning all reprisals against them.
In this respect, the EU expressed deep concern for the continuing deterioration of the human rights situation in Bahrain and urged the authorities to respect the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and to apply the principle of proportionality when using force. The EU also urged Bahrain to impose a moratorium on the use of the death penalty and to ratify the second optional protocol of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights aiming at the abolition of the death penalty. Furthermore, it encouraged the government of Bahrain to aim for long-term domestic stability through effective reforms and called on all parties to engage in an inclusive dialogue.
ECDHR strongly welcomes the EU statement and reiterates its call on the government of Bahrain to guarantee in all circumstances that all human rights defenders are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals. In addition, in line with the EU position, we condemn in the strongest terms the restrictions of the democratic space in the country and we call on the international community to urge Bahraini authorities to put an end to the ongoing severe repression of fundamental freedoms.