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Irish Human Rights Advocate Calls for Family Reunification of Political Detainees in Bahrain

Irish human rights advocate Tara O’Grady called for pressure on the Bahraini regime authorities to release political detainees of Bahrain.

O’Grady stressed that detainees must be released to be reunited with their families for the remainder of the holy month of Ramadan.

She welcomed the release of political prisoner Zakia Al-Barboury after 3 years of arbitrary detention.

Tweet translation:

Irish human rights activist Tara O’Grady expresses her happiness over the release of political prisoner Zakia Al-Barboury and wishes her to spend the most beautiful times with her family in the remainder of the days of Ramadan. She also calls for the release of all prisoners of conscience to be reunited with their families
#Zakia_Barbouri_free #Bahrain

Action is taking place in many Western capitals, whose politicians are pressing for their governments to adopt strict measures against the Bahraini authorities.

This is due to repeated human rights violations, especially after the events in Jaw Prison.

In the latest move, prominent Spanish lawmakers raised written questions about the systematic human rights violations in Bahrain.

Member of the Spanish Parliament, María Gloria Ezzo Serrano, submitted a written question about the human rights situation in Bahrain, especially cases of those sentenced to death and human rights defenders detained in Bahrain.

“According to the rules of procedure of the House of Representatives, members are waiting for the government to respond to the questions addressed in written form,” emphasized Serrano

These questions inquire about the situation regarding the violations committed on the human rights situation in the Kingdom of Bahrain, especially the cases of those sentenced to death and human rights defenders.

Spanish politicians noted that the European Union’s External Action Strategy 2021-2024 highlights the promotion of human rights and democracy as one of its main axes.

The deputies documented a number of cases about the violations of the Manama authorities against activists and political detainees.

They indicated that On March 11, 2021, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the human rights situation in Bahrain, especially the cases of death row persons and human rights defenders.

The resolution was adopted by a majority of 633 votes to 11 votes, as all Spanish members of the European Parliament united to vote in favor of this resolution.

Furthermore, the document stressed the need for the Spanish government to confirm its intention to take measures to highlight its concerns about human rights violations in Bahrain.

These abuses include violations committed by Major General Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, Minister of Interior, or Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Commander of the Royal Guard.

Last week, British MPs sent a strongly-worded message to the Foreign Secretary and a number of British government ministers about the recent developments in Bahrain’s Jaw Prison.

The letter indicated that several human rights violations took place at Jau prison against a number of political prisoners.

The message entitled “Torture and enforced disappearance of Bahraini political prisoners” was an expression of the concern of a number of British personalities about the human rights situation in Jau prison.

British MPs called on concerned ministers to move quickly and take urgent measures, such as asking the British government to extend a call to Manama for the immediate disclosure of the conditions and whereabouts of at least 25 forcibly disappeared inmates.

They also called for assurances that all victims receive adequate and timely medical care and have access to their families, and secure the release of CCTV footage of the April 17 police attack.

British politicians stressed the need to internationalize political prisoners’ issue at the level of the United Nations and to allow the UN Special Rapporteur on torture the right to access Jau Prison.

In addition, they called for the release of all Bahraini prisoners of conscience, and the suspension of all aid funded by taxpayers in the United Kingdom through the Gulf Strategy Fund to Bahraini oversight bodies.

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