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Torture and enforced disappearance of Bahraini political prisoners

EDM (Early Day Motion) 96: tabled on 24 May 2021

Tabled in the 2021-22 session.

This motion has been signed by 33 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House views with serious concern the attack by Bahraini police on political prisoners in Jau Prison on 17 April 2021; condemns the enforced disappearance of over 60 inmates for a period of 19 days after the attack; notes that the attack was in response to a sit-in by inmates protesting deteriorating prison conditions and the death of political prisoner Abbas Mallallah; is aware that police officers involved in the incident were led by top prison officials, Hisham Abdulraheem and Brigadier Abdulsalam AlArifi; is deeply disturbed by first-hand accounts provided to the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy that inmates were severely beaten and subjected to torture and cruel and degrading treatment; expresses concern that Saeed Abdulemam was beaten unconscious, requiring hospitalisation; abhors reports that the attack’s victims were subjected to religious discrimination and denied medical treatment; echoes the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ (OHCHR) condemnation of the use of unnecessary and disproportionate force by police; supports OHCHR’s calls for a thorough and effective investigation; condemns the Bahraini Ministry of Interior’s whitewash of abuses against inmates; condemns further whitewashing by UK-funded oversight bodies, including Bahrain’s Ministry of Interior Ombudsman and the National Institute for Human Rights which issued false and misleading statements about the attack and subsequent abuse; urges the Government to suspend technical assistance to Bahraini oversight bodies; and calls upon the Government to oppose the criminalisation and prosecution of the attack’s victims and ensure that they are not subjected to further reprisals.

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.

Slaughter, Andy
Labour
Signed on 25 May 2021
Hammersmith
Gwynne, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 26 May 2021
Denton and Reddish
Barker, Paula
Labour
Signed on 26 May 2021
Liverpool, Wavertree
Betts, Mr Clive
Labour
Signed on 26 May 2021
Sheffield South East
Jardine, Christine
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 May 2021
Edinburgh West
Whitley, Mick
Labour
Signed on 26 May 2021
Birkenhead
Olney, Sarah
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 May 2021
Richmond Park
Sheppard, Tommy
Scottish National Party
Signed on 26 May 2021
Edinburgh East
Fellows, Marion
Scottish National Party
Signed on 26 May 2021
Motherwell and Wishaw
Lloyd, Tony
Labour
Signed on 26 May 2021
Rochdale
Farry, Stephen
Alliance
Signed on 26 May 2021
North Down
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 26 May 2021
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Sultana, Zarah
Labour
Signed on 27 May 2021
Coventry South
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 27 May 2021
Glasgow South West
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 7 June 2021
Brighton, Pavilion
Gibson, Patricia
Scottish National Party
Signed on 7 June 2021
North Ayrshire and Arran
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 7 June 2021
Hayes and Harlington
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 7 June 2021
Arfon
Chamberlain, Wendy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 June 2021
North East Fife
Benn, Hilary
Labour
Signed on 7 June 2021
Leeds Central
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 7 June 2021
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 14 June 2021
Ceredigion
Cooper, Daisy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 June 2021
St Albans
Foy, Mary Kelly
Labour
Signed on 8 July 2021
City of Durham
Mishra, Navendu
Labour
Signed on 8 July 2021
Stockport
Ferrier, Margaret
Independent
Signed on 12 July 2021
Rutherglen and Hamilton West
Abbott, Ms Diane
Labour
Signed on 13 July 2021
Hackney North and Stoke Newington

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.