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WOMEN'S RIGHTS IN BAHRAIN

EDM (Early Day Motion) 675: tabled on 15 November 2016

Tabled in the 2016-17 session.

This motion has been signed by 36 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House expresses its concern about the August 2016 arrest of Ghada Jamsheer, a prominent Bahraini women's rights and pro-democracy activist, on charges related to her exercising freedom of expression and making criticisms online of the government of Bahrain; recognises the ongoing judical harassment Ghada Jamsheer has faced as a result of her fight for codified personal status laws in Bahrain to protect women in family court matters; notes that Bahraini law perpetuates gender-based discrimination and inequality, including the exclusion of Shia women from codified family law; is concerned about the ongoing targeting of human rights defenders in general, through arbitrary arrest, long-term prison sentencing without trial, and torture; views the increasing targeting of the family members, including children, of human rights defenders as a fear tactic to deter political dissent; calls for scrutiny of the British police's role in training Bahrain's security forces, who have indiscriminately deployed crowd-control weapons to quell demonstrations, including on women and children; further calls on the government of Bahrain to advance the hearing of Ghada Jamsheer, as her health is currently deteriorating in Isa Town Women's Prison; calls for her trial to be accessible to her lawyers, international media and non-governmental organisations; calls for the release of other human rights defenders who have been arbitrarily arrested while exercising their rights to free speech and assembly in Bahrain; and urges the government of Bahrain to accept the right of citizens peacefully to express dissent and cease persecuting activists.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Boswell, Philip
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 January 2017
Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 5 December 2016
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Carmichael, Mr Alistair
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 November 2016
Orkney and Shetland
Cherry, Joanna
Scottish National Party
Signed on 30 November 2016
Edinburgh South West
Cooper, Rosie
Labour
Signed on 28 November 2016
West Lancashire
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 18 November 2016
Coventry South
Docherty-Hughes, Martin
Scottish National Party
Signed on 22 November 2016
West Dunbartonshire
Doughty, Stephen
Labour
Signed on 21 November 2016
Cardiff South and Penarth
Fellows, Marion
Scottish National Party
Signed on 29 November 2016
Motherwell and Wishaw
Ferrier, Margaret
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 December 2016
Rutherglen and Hamilton West
Goodman, Helen
Labour
Signed on 21 November 2016
Bishop Auckland
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
Signed on 7 December 2016
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Kerevan, George
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 November 2016
East Lothian
MacNeil, Angus Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 29 November 2016
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Meale, Sir Alan
Labour
Signed on 16 November 2016
Mansfield
Monaghan, Carol
Scottish National Party
Signed on 22 November 2016
Glasgow North West
Mulholland, Greg
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 17 November 2016
Leeds North West
Nicolson, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 December 2016
East Dunbartonshire
Oswald, Kirsten
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 November 2016
East Renfrewshire
Rimmer, Marie
Labour
Signed on 16 November 2016
St Helens South and Whiston
Ritchie, Ms Margaret
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 18 November 2016
South Down
Salmond, Alex
Scottish National Party
Signed on 29 November 2016
Gordon
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 24 November 2016
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Simpson, David
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 23 November 2016
Upper Bann
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 17 November 2016
Glasgow South West
Thompson, Owen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 29 November 2016
Midlothian
Whiteford, Dr Eilidh
Scottish National Party
Signed on 29 November 2016
Banff and Buchan
Whitford, Dr Philippa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 November 2016
Central Ayrshire
Williams, Mr Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 November 2016
Ceredigion
Wilson, Sammy
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 30 November 2016
East Antrim

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.