Last week in Strasbourg, MEPs adopted a resolution calling on Bahrain to release Mohammed Ramadan, a young activist, who has been detained, tortured, and sentenced to death. The European Parliament urges the European Union to pressure Bahrain on his case, as well as on the situation of human rights there more generally.
Julie has worked together with human rights NGOs to highlight the persecution faced by human rights defenders in Bahrain, as with the famous case of Nabeel Rajab.
Speaking in Plenary, Julie highlighted the suffering of hundreds of child prisoners detained in Bahrain each year, many of whom subject to beatings, torture and ill-treatment.
Here is Julie's speech:
"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."