In advance of the ministerial meeting between the European Union and the Gulf Cooperation Council
taking place in Bahrain on June 30, 2013, Human Rights Watch
is pleased to invite you to the launch of a new report
, “‘Interfere, Restrict, Control’: Restraints on Freedom of Association in Bahrain,” at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday
, June 20 in Brussels
Political prisoners in Bahrain include three EU citizens
(Two Danes and one Swede), two of whom have received life sentences for peaceful protest.
Human Rights Watch calls on the EU to actively and publicly press for the immediate and unconditional release of all individuals
in Bahrain who have been imprisoned
solely for exercising their rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly.
The new report analyzes current laws and new legal restrictions on civil societies, political groups, and trade unions in Bahrain, and highlights their incompatibility with Bahrain’s obligations under international law.
Release of a new report, “‘Interfere, Restrict, Control’: Restraints on Freedom of Association in Bahrain”
Joe Stork, Middle East deputy director at Human Rights Watch
Lotte Leicht, European Union advocacy director at Human Rights Watch
Marietje Schaake, member of the European Parliament
Thursday, June 20, 2013, 10:30 a.m.
Passage Room, Residence Palace
International Press Centre
Rue de la Loi 155 C
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In Brussels, Inka Isosaari (English): +32-2-737-1484; or firstname.lastname@example.org