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Bahrain: Joint Letter to EU Ahead of Meeting with Bahraini Delegation

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Mr Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/ Vice-President of the European Commission

Mr Eamon Gilmore, EU Special Representative for Human Rights

  • EU-Bahrain Cooperation Agreement Must Depend on Human Rights Improvements

Your Excellencies,

In light of the meeting between Bahrain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and the European Union scheduled to take place in Brussels on 10 February 2021, we are writing to raise concerns about the deterioration of the human rights situation in Bahrain, following a year in which Human Rights Watch reports that the Bahraini government has “escalated repression” against critics.

As the informal EU-Bahrain Human Rights Dialogue originally scheduled for November 2020 has been indefinitely postponed, it is vital that human rights concerns are placed at the centre of your conversations with Bahraini officials during this upcoming meeting.