Early day motion 509

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

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Total number of signatures: 79

Bardell, Hannah Benn, Hilary Betts, Clive Black, Mhairi
Blackford, Ian Bottomley, Peter Brake, Tom Brown, Alan
Bruce, Fiona Campbell, Ronnie Carmichael, Alistair Chapman, Douglas
Clwyd, Ann Cooper, Rosie Crawley, Angela Creagh, Mary
Cryer, John Cunningham, Alex Cunningham, Jim Davey, Edward
Day, Martyn Docherty, Martin Doughty, Stephen Edwards, Jonathan
Farrelly, Paul Farron, Tim Field, Frank George, Ruth
Gethins, Stephen Godsiff, Roger Grady, Patrick Grogan, John
Hayes, Helen Hendrick, Mark Hendry, Drew Hermon, Lady
Hobhouse, Wera Hopkins, Kelvin Howarth, George Jardine, Christine
Kinnock, Stephen Lake, Ben Lamb, Norman Law, Chris
Linden, David Lloyd, Stephen Lucas, Caroline MacNeil, Angus
Martin, Sandy McDonald, Stewart McDonald, Stuart McGovern, Alison
McMorrin, Anna Mearns, Ian Moran, Layla Morris, Grahame M
Norris, Alex O'Mara, Jared Perkins, Toby Rimmer, Marie
Robinson, Geoffrey Russell-Moyle, Lloyd Saville Roberts, Liz Shannon, Jim
Sharma, Virendra Sheerman, Barry Sheppard, Tommy Skinner, Dennis
Slaughter, Andy Smith, Angela C Sobel, Alex Stephens, Christopher
Swinson, Jo Thewliss, Alison Walker, Thelma Western, Matt
Whitford, Philippa Williams, Hywel Williamson, Chris

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.