Early day motion 230

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RELEASE OF NABEEL RAJAB

That this House condemns the sentence passed on Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, who was sentenced on 10 July 2017 to two years in prison; notes that Nabeel Rajab's offence was talking to journalists and therefore relates to freedom of expression and that the charge against him was for publishing and broadcasting false news that undermines the prestige of the state; highlights the fact that Nabeel Rajab's prosecution violates the principles of a fair trial enshrined in article 20 of Bahrain's constitution and article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; further notes that the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Committee Against Torture have called for his release; expresses concern that Nabeel Rajab has spent much of his time in pre-detention in solitary confinement and is currently in hospital due to health concerns which have been exacerbated by his treatment in prison; notes that Nabeel Rajab faces another trial on 7 August 2017 in relation to his Twitter account, for which he potentially faces up to 15 years in prison for criticising the war in Yemen and torture in Bahrain; notes that Nabeel Rajab also faces additional charges for writing articles in the New York Times and Le Monde; calls on the Government to condemn his sentence; and further calls on the Government of Bahrain immediately release Nabeel Rajab, commute his sentence, drop outstanding charges and to release all human rights defenders.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Benn, Hilary Labour Party Leeds Central 07.09.2017
Bottomley, Peter Conservative Party Worthing West 20.07.2017
Brake, Tom Liberal Democrats Carshalton and Wallington 20.07.2017
Brown, Alan Scottish National Party Kilmarnock and Loudoun 09.10.2017
Clwyd, Ann Labour Party Cynon Valley 11.09.2017
Cooper, Rosie Labour Party West Lancashire 12.09.2017
Cunningham, Jim Labour Party Coventry South 06.09.2017
Day, Martyn Scottish National Party Linlithgow and East Falkirk 11.09.2017
Farrelly, Paul Labour Party Newcastle-under-Lyme 05.09.2017
Field, Frank Labour Party Birkenhead 11.09.2017
Gethins, Stephen Scottish National Party North East Fife 13.09.2017
Glindon, Mary Labour Party North Tyneside 11.09.2017
Grogan, John Labour Party Keighley 11.09.2017
Harman, Harriet Labour Party Camberwell and Peckham 12.10.2017
Hendry, Drew Scottish National Party Inverness Nairn Badenoch and Strathspey 09.10.2017
Hermon, Lady INDEPENDENT North Down 12.09.2017
Hobhouse, Wera Liberal Democrats Bath 09.10.2017
Jardine, Christine Liberal Democrats Edinburgh West 06.09.2017
Linden, David Scottish National Party Glasgow East 11.09.2017
Moran, Layla Liberal Democrats Oxford West and Abingdon 11.09.2017
Shannon, Jim Democratic Unionist Party Strangford 06.09.2017
Slaughter, Andy Labour Party Hammersmith 06.09.2017
Western, Matt Labour Party Warwick and Leamington 11.09.2017
Zeichner, Daniel Labour Party Cambridge 07.09.2017