Invitation: 4/12 - Roundtable on Bahrain: How to step-up the EU's response to ongoing Human Rights violations?

Marietje

Marietje Schaake MEP

&

FIDH

cordially invite you to a working group roundtable on

Bahrain:

How to step-up the EU's response to ongoing Human Rights violations?

Tuesday, December 4th 2012 / from 08.30 - 10.00 hours

European Parliament / room ASP 5G 375

Please register via marietje.schaake-office@europarl.europa.eu - for more info www.marietjeschaake.eu

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Context More than one year after the BICI (Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry) adopted its conclusions and recommendations, following the crackdown by the Bahraini authorities on peaceful dissent, many concerns remain. The great majority of the BICI recommendations have to be implemented. Repression and harassment of peaceful demonstrators, opposition members, civil society groups and human rights defenders continues. Recently a general ban on public protest was announced. Thirty-two Bahraini's were stripped of their nationality. Many human rights activists remain in custody, including Mr. Nabeel Rajab and Mr. Abdulhadi Al Khawaja, for their peaceful human rights work. Following its two Resolutions (October 2011) (March 2012) on the situation in Bahrain the European Parliament should make sure the EU keeps up pressure on the Bahraini authorities to improve the human rights situation. Objectives of the working group round table As the U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay has deployed a team of experts to Bahrain to discuss how the country can improve its human rights record, Ms Schaake MEP and FIDH wish to facilitate an open discussion among MEPs, Bahraini human rights and civil society representatives to exchange views on the follow-up of the Parliamentary Resolutions, lack of implementation of the BICI recommendations, the EU’s response and its agenda for the March 2013 session of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva. Programme 08.30 - 08.45 hours - introduction by Ms Schaake MEP; 08.45 - 09.15 hours - presentations by Mr Ebrahim, Ms Dhaif and Mr Al-Haddad; 09.15 - 10.00 hours - exchange of views on follow-up to EP resolutions. Biographies: 1. Mr. Isa Ebrahim, Bahrain Human Rights Society (BHRS) A human rights defender and Board member of FIDH member organisation Bahrain Human Rights Society (BHRS), Isa Ebrahim is a lawyer with long practice in Bahraini Courts, including the Cassation and Constitutional Courts, where he has litigated in various areas including labour, civil and criminal law. During the State security era of the 1990s, Mr. Ebrahim took over the defence of many defendants. More information on BHRS: http://bhrs.org/en-US/Home_Page.aspx 2. Dr. Nada Saeed Dhaif, Bahrain Rehabilitation & Anti Violence Organization (BRAVO) Ms Dhaif is one of the medical professionals who were arrested, tortured, and sentenced to prison terms for treating pro-democracy protestors injured during the protests in February and March 2011. She has successfully appealed her 15-year sentence. She remains at the forefront of the struggle for democracy in Bahrain and has established herself as one of the country's most prominent human rights defenders. She recently founded and is also Chair of the new NGO BRAVO, which aims to rehabilitate and treat survivors of torture and stop the practice of torture. More information on BRAVO: http://www.bravo-bahrain.org/?lang=en Dr. Dhaif testimony's at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dytOwXZqOdQ 3. Mr. Ahmed Sameer Al-Haddad, European Bahraini Organization for Human Rights (EBOHR) Mr. Al-Haddad is a young human rights activist and a founding member of the European Bahraini Organization for Human Rights (EBOHR), which aims to raise awareness about human rights in Bahrain. As EBOHR Head of Information & Media Relations, Ahmed Al-Haddad drafts reports about the human rights situation for the UN and the EU. More information on EBOHR: http://www.ebohr.org/ 4. The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) More information on FIDH's work on Bahrain; http://www.fidh.org/-Bahrain,441-, particularly: the report 'Silencing Dissent: A Systematic Policy of On-going Repression', September 2012, http://www.fidh.org/IMG/pdf/rapbahrain595a.pdf and the briefing: 'A la carte implementation of the BICI's recommendations and ongoing violations’, February 2012: http://www.fidh.org/IMG/pdf/bhpositionpaper1402a.pdf.