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Prisoners of conscience in the Middle East

EDM (Early Day Motion) 468: tabled on 12 May 2020

Tabled in the 2019-21 session.

This motion has been signed by 23 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House notes that 15 May 2020 marks the second anniversary of the wave of arrests targeting Saudi women’s rights activists; is concerned that several, including Loujain al-Hathloul, Naseema al-Sadah, Samar Badawi, Nouf Abdulaziz and Maya’a al-Zahrani, remain in detention and eight others remain on trial; is dismayed by the continued detention of peaceful human rights and political activists across the Middle East, often in overcrowded and unhygienic facilities with limited healthcare provision, particularly given the dangers currently posed by the covid-19 pandemic; urges governments in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Iran, Syria, Turkey and Egypt to ensure that all those imprisoned for the peaceful exercise of their human rights are released immediately and that the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners are respected in all prisons; and calls on the Government to recommend the release of prisoners of conscience to relevant counterparts in Middle Eastern countries, and elsewhere, as a matter of urgency.

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.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.