UPDATED: 8 French MPs Send Letter to Bahraini King Raising Concerns Over the Upholding of the Death Sentences of Ali AlArab and Ahmed AlMalali

*** On Saturday 27 July 2019, the Government of Bahrain executed 25-year-old Ali AlArab and 24-year-old Ahmed AlMalali, along with a third individual. Read ADHRB’s statement on the executions here.

8 July 2019 – On 19 June, eight French Members of Parliament (MPs) sent a letter to Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa AlKhalifa. In the letter they raised concerns over the recent upholding of the death sentences against torture victims Ali AlArab and Ahmed AlMalali. They called on King Hamad to immediately establish an official moratorium on the death penalty with a view towards abolition and to commute all outstanding death sentences to terms of imprisonment. Additionally they called on him to conduct a comprehensive review of Bahrain’s death row to ensure victims of human rights abuses unlawfully sentenced to death receive redress. This letter was a result of ADHRB’s international advocacy efforts, and similar concerns have been echoed by an Italian MP, French Senator Pierre Laurent, Swiss MPs, international NGOs, United Nations experts, a Spanish Member of Parliament, and a Member of the European Parliament. Read an English version of the letter here and a French version here.