Human Rights


Silenced voices in the Gulf region – My plenary speech

In Europe, we take the right to freedom of expression for granted. People in the Gulf region risk their life for it. That’s why we must speak up on behalf of those who are not allowed to speak up. Theirs are the voices that the world needs to hear.

Just some of them:

  • Human Rights Defender Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja (Bahrain), sentenced to life in prison because he led pro-democracy protests
  • PhD scholar Salma al-Shehab (Saudi Arabia), sentenced to 34 years for her tweets on women’s rights
  • Lawyers Hazza and Rashed al Marri (Qatar), who had organised so-called “unauthorized” meetings and were sentenced to life imprisonment
  • Human Rights Defender Ahmed Mansoor (United Arab Emirates), sentenced to 10 years for his social media activism
  • the protesters in Iran – lawmakers in the country have called on the judiciary to sentence them to death; two protestors (Mohsen Shekari and Majidreza Rahnavard) have already been executed.

More in our joint motion for a resolution and in my plenary speech:

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