European Union External Action

Bahrain: Statement by the Spokesperson on upholding death sentences

Brussels, 13/07/2020 - 20:56, UNIQUE ID: 200713_17
Statements by the Spokesperson

On 13 July, Bahrain’s Court of Cassation confirmed in its final ruling the death verdicts for Bahraini citizens Mohammed Ramadan and Husain al Moosa, sentenced on terrorism charges. This ruling was delivered despite reported concerns on the fairness of the trial.

The European Union reiterates its call from 9 January to halt the execution of Mr Ramadan and Mr al Moosa.

The European Union reaffirms its strong and unequivocal opposition to the use of the death penalty at all times and under all circumstances. Capital punishment violates the inalienable right to life and is incompatible with human dignity. It does not serve as an effective deterrent to crime and makes any miscarriage of justice irreversible. 

We reiterate our call on the Bahraini authorities to establish a moratorium on executions as a first step towards the abolition of death penalty and to commute all pending death sentences.