On 30 April 2015, 67 members of the European Parliament signed a letter issued by Ms Julie Ward MEP to the attention of Ms Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s High Representative and Vice-President, representing the EU in its Foreign Policy worldwide.
The letter highlights the worsening of the Human Rights situation in the Kingdom of Bahrain and puts forward the cases of several human rights defenders and activists in Bahrain which are imprisoned for exercising their freedom of speech, notably Mr Nabeel Rajab but others such as Mr Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, Mr Mahdi Abu Deeb or Sheik Al-Salman. MEPs call on Ms Mogherini and on the European Union to take action to put an end to all Human Rights violations in Bahrain, to cease harassment of Human Rights Defenders and to strongly appeal on Bahrain to abide by its international legal commitments on Human Rights and Democracy.
The European Centre for Democracy and Human Rights, together with FIDH, has been closely working with Ms Ward on this letter and appreciates the support shown by all the signatory MEPs.
We reiterate the letter’s appeal to Ms Mogherini and hope for stronger EU action on this issue.
The full letter can be read here