British Labor Party Condemns UK Gov't Stance: It should not Remain Silent on HR Issues in Bahrain

2020-07-15 - 4:31 ص

Bahrain Mirror (Exclusive): The British Labor Party condemned the British government's position on the human rights record in Bahrain, after Bahrain's high court upholding death sentences for two pro-democracy activists Mohammad Ramadan and Hussein Mousa.

Lisa Nandy MP, Labour's Shadow Foreign Secretary, said in a statement posted by the party on its website commenting on Bahrain's high court in Bahrain: "In a case where the UK is clearly able to exert influence, the Government must not remain silent."

She added "the torture of Mohammad Ramadan and Hussein Mousa was horrific and clear evidence presented that their confessions coerced. The UK Government cannot claim to be standing up for pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong but fail to apply the same principles to Bahrain."

"Last week Ministers acknowledged the ‘close and important' relationship between the UK and Bahrain. The Foreign Secretary must come to the House of Commons on Tuesday and assure MPs that we will not be bystanders when we have the opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to defending human rights," the statement further read.

Mohammad Ramadan and Hussein Mousa were convicted of the murder of a policeman in 2014 after an unfair trial. The final death sentence for the year 2015 was subjected to a retrial, after medical records showed that the two men were tortured, and had been submitted by the special investigation unit linked to the Ministry of Health.

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