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EU ‘must be pro-active in defending human rights in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait’

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ALDE MEPs have expressed their concern about the worsening human-rights situation in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait. Authorities in Bahrain recently carried out three executions, ending a seven-year moratorium on the death penalty, while seven people were executed in Kuwait. 

MEP Petras Auštrevičius (Liberal Movement of Lithuania), ALDE Coordinator in the Subcommittee on Human Rights, said the European Parliament should consider sending a fact-finding mission to the Arab Peninsula: “It is unimaginable that in modern times, Raif Badawi, the laureate of the European Parliament´sSakarov´s Prize for Freedom of Thought in 2015, still remains in prison. I think it is essential that the European Parliament´s delegation visits this courageous whistle-blower to find out about his condition and to discuss other pressing human rights concerns with Saudi authorities as soon as possible.”

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