In support of Mohammed Ramadan

Last week, I spoke in the European Parliament on the case of Mohammed Ramadan, an airport security guard who peacefully participated in protests in Bahrain calling for democratic reforms. He was sentenced to death despite being tortured and confessing under duress.

The European Parliament adopted the resolution expressesing grave concern with Bahrain’s regression towards the practice of capital punishment, and it calls on the Government of Bahrain to commute the death sentences of Mohamed Ramadan and all other persons sentenced to death in Bahrain.

"Madam President, I would like to express my heartfelt solidarity with Mohammed Ramadan and with his family and loved ones. It is the responsibility of all conscientious citizens in this world to stand up against arbitrary arrest, brutal torture and the death penalty, no matter where they take place.

I also wish to use this opportunity to speak about the unfounded arrest and ill treatment of children in Bahrain: 237 cases of children detained by Bahraini authorities were reported in 2015 alone. Many are subject to ill treatment and beatings and made to confess to crimes they did not commit. The cases most recently reported are those of: Sayyid Ali Abbas Mohammed, the brothers Jassem and Hassan Mohammed Hassan, Fadhel Mohammed Hassan, Sayyid Fadhel Saeed Shams and Sayyid Mohammed Hashem – all teenagers who have been arrested in recent months who must be returned safe and sound to their families.

In 2013 this Parliament issued a resolution calling on Bahrain to apply the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which it is a party. I would like to reissue that call here: the Bahraini authorities must release Mohammed Ramadan and all child prisoners."