On 24 November 2015, six members of the European Parliament issued a parliamentary question on the cases of Mohammed Ramadan and Husain Ali Moosa, two Bahrainis sentenced to death despite having been tortured and ill-treatment by the authorities, and been tried without impartiality and due process.
The question, co signed by Tanja Fajon, Josef Weidenholzer, Soraya Post, Ana Maria Gomes, Claude Moraes and Julie Ward, members of the Socialist and Democrat group, is directed to Ms Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union.
The questions reads as follows:
Husain Moosa and Mohammed Ramadan were arrested in Bahrain in 2014 and subjected to torture including threats of violence against family members. Whilst in custody, they later confessed, as a result of ill-treatment and duress, to the crimes they were accused of. After reporting this to the court and recanting the confessions, both men were further tortured and the court chose not to investigate into their allegations of ill-treatment, despite substantial supporting evidence. On 29 December 2014, a Bahraini criminal court sentenced Ramadan and Moosa to capital punishment. On 16 November 2015, the Bahrain Court of Cassation rejected their appeals.
On 8 October, the European Parliament adopted a resolution condemning the use of the capital punishment. In view of that position:
- What steps is the EEAS going to take to pressure the Bahraini authorities to revoke Mr Moosa and Mr Ramadan’s sentences?
- What steps is the EEAS taking to compel the Bahraini government and courts comply with international human rights norms, including due process and the rule of law?
From the European Centre for Democracy and Human Rights we welcome the MEPs’ support on this urgent issue and further call on the European External Action Service to call on the Bahraini government to drop all charges against Mr Moosa and Mr Ramadan.