February 2017 marks the 6th anniversary of the violently repressed pro-democracy protests held in Bahrain.
Despite Bahrain government’s public commitment to improve the state of human rights in the country, we have seen a continuous, and in the past year largely intensified crackdown on civil society and political dissent.
Join us for a panel of MEPs, human rights defenders and activists to discuss what next steps could be taken.
The speakers include:
- Julie Ward MEP (UK, S&D)
- Sayed Ahmed AlWadaei (Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy)
- Jean-Marie Rogue (International Federation for Human Rights)
- Ben Pitler (Reprieve)
If you will need a visitor’s badge to enter the Parliament, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the event by February 23rd.
Since May 2016, Bahraini authorities have arrested prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab, banned the largest political society, doubled the prison sentence against its secretary-general, denaturalised the country’s leading Shia cleric, issued travel bans to human rights defenders to prevent them from taking part in international fora and have repressed representatives of civil society, political opposition and the media.
In January, the authorities executed 3 young men after an unfair trial and based on confessions extracted through torture and dubious forensic evidence. While the authorities ended a de facto moratorium on death penalty which has been in place since 2010, several other people sentenced under no less dubious circumstances, are on a death row.
The European Parliament has in the past years issued several resolutions condemning the human rights violations in the country. MEPs have also sent numerous letters, questions and messages of support to activists. Nevertheless, the Bahraini authorities have either ignored or dismissed the messages coming from the EU.