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SENTENCES HANDED DOWN TO RELATIVES OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER MR ALWADAEI AND SITUATION IN BAHRAIN

That this House is very concerned about the three-year prison sentences handed down recently in Bahrain for alleged terrorism offences committed by three family members of the UK-based Bahraini human rights activist, Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei; notes that the trial has been widely criticised, including by UN experts, and seen as an attempt to punish and silence Mr Alwadaei; is also concerned by the purported defamation in statements made by the Bahraini Embassy in the UK in connection with the case; is alarmed by the continuing deterioration in the human rights situation in Bahrain, marked by the approval of a constitutional amendment allowing civilians to be tried before a military court, the on-going trial of prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab and further charges, which appear to be politically motivated, brought against imprisoned opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman; recalls the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights stating at the Human Rights Council session in September 2017 that the democratic space in the country has essentially been shut down and that no public relations campaign can paper over the violations being inflicted on the people of Bahrain; asks the Government of Bahrain to remove illegal restrictions on the activities of civil society and of peaceful opposition and to end politically motivated prosecutions immediately; and calls on the Government to raise these concerns with the Bahraini Government and to demonstrate the value of its assistance to them.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Bardell, Hannah Scottish National Party Livingston 21.11.2017
Benn, Hilary Labour Party Leeds Central 13.12.2017
Black, Mhairi Scottish National Party Paisley and Renfrewshire South 12.12.2017
Bottomley, Peter Conservative Party Worthing West 15.11.2017
Brake, Tom Liberal Democrats Carshalton and Wallington 07.11.2017
Brown, Alan Scottish National Party Kilmarnock and Loudoun 20.11.2017
Carmichael, Alistair Liberal Democrats Orkney and Shetland 20.11.2017
Clwyd, Ann Labour Party Cynon Valley 06.11.2017
Cunningham, Jim Labour Party Coventry South 20.11.2017
Doughty, Stephen Labour Party Cardiff South and Penarth 15.11.2017
Edwards, Jonathan Plaid Cymru Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 13.11.2017
Field, Frank Labour Party Birkenhead 14.11.2017
Gethins, Stephen Scottish National Party North East Fife 21.11.2017
Godsiff, Roger Labour Party Birmingham Hall Green 13.11.2017
Hayes, Helen Labour Party Dulwich and West Norwood 14.11.2017
Hermon, Lady INDEPENDENT North Down 14.11.2017
Law, Chris Scottish National Party Dundee West 15.11.2017
Linden, David Scottish National Party Glasgow East 13.11.2017
Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion 07.11.2017
MacNeil, Angus Scottish National Party Na h-Eileanan an Iar 14.11.2017
McDonald, Stuart Scottish National Party Cumbernauld Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East 07.11.2017
Rimmer, Marie Labour Party St Helens South and Whiston 13.11.2017
Shannon, Jim Democratic Unionist Party Strangford 07.11.2017
Sheppard, Tommy Scottish National Party Edinburgh East 27.11.2017
Slaughter, Andy Labour Party Hammersmith 07.11.2017
Stephens, Christopher Scottish National Party Glasgow South West 07.11.2017
Western, Matt Labour Party Warwick and Leamington 23.11.2017