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Written question to the High Representative on the case of Maryam al-Khawaja in Bahrain

On 1 September, Marietje Schaake submitted written questions to High Representative Catherine Ashton concerning the case of the arrest of Maryam al-Khawaja inĀ  Bahrain. Please find a plain text version and the official document below. --- On 30 August, prominent Bahraini human rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja was arrested on arrival at Manama airport. She is the daughter of the co-director of the human rights group Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja. He was imprisoned in 2011 and is on hunger strike. Her sister Zainab al-Khawaja has also repeatedly been imprisoned. All are dual Bahraini Danish nationals. After her arrest Maryam al-Khawaja was charged with charges including violence against the police and insulting the King. She was jailed for seven days pending investigation. She was denied access to a lawyer before interrogation. 1. Is the VP/HR aware of the Alkhawaja case, and how does she assess it? Does the VP/HR see any grounds for the arrest? 2. What have the EEAS and/or VP/HR done in relation to this case and how are they planning to address it with the authorities in the future, especially making sure Maryam al-Khawaja and other human rights activists are not unjustly detained and are ensured a fair trial? 3. Does the VP/HR agree that the human rights situation in Bahrain remains dire and that Bahraini authorities have failed to fully and properly implement the recommendations of the report of the BICI? How do the EEAS and/or VP/HR intend to move forward in making sure at least these recommendations are implemented? [embed]/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/WQ_the_case_of_Maryam_al-Khawaja_in_Bahrain.pdf[/embed]