Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Questions (332, 334)

Cormac Devlin

Question:

332. Deputy Cormac Devlin asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if his attention has been drawn to the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45084/21]

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Paul Murphy

Question:

334. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs his views on the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will raise the matter with his EU colleagues and at the United Nations. [45118/21]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 332 and 334 together.

I note with concern the details in the cases referred to by the Deputies.

Respect for human rights is an integral part of Ireland’s foreign policy and we consistently seek to raise our concerns on human rights issues through the most appropriate and effective channels.

Officials from my Department have raised concerns over the human rights situation in Bahrain directly with the Bahraini authorities, including the specific case of Dr. Abduljalil Alsingace.

Our active participation at the UN Human Rights Council is a particularly important fora in which to raise our concerns regarding human rights. Ireland has raised the human rights issues in Bahrain at the Human Rights Council in the form of national statements and through support to EU Statements.Ireland also engages on the issue of human rights in Bahrain as a member of the European Union. At the most recent EU-Bahrain Human Rights Dialogue in February 2021, issues of concern were raised by the EU including rule of law, prison conditions, right to a fair trial, freedom of expression, freedom of association, death penalty, torture and the impact of Covid-19 on the human rights situation.

The EU Special Representative for Human Rights, Eamon Gilmore, has also made representations to the Bahraini authorities on human rights issues, including the detention of a number of individuals, including Mr. Hasan Mushaima.

Ireland will continue to monitor developments in Bahrain, and calls on the Bahraini Government to deliver on its stated commitment to make progress in relation to human rights.

Question No. 333 answered with Question No. 325.
Question No. 334 answered with Question No. 332.