EU parliament condemns Bahrain’s ‘campaign of repression’

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European parliamentarians voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to condemn a crackdown in Bahrain over the past month that has seen human rights activists jailed and officials move to dissolve the country’s leading opposition party.

The resolution “expresses grave concern about the ongoing campaign of repression” and called for the immediate release of human rights defender Nabeel Rajab and Sheikh Ali Salman, head of the Al-Wefaq opposition party.

It also called for the release of arbitrarily detained prisoners and the end of citizenship stripping, highlighting the case of Sheikh Isa Qassim, a leading Shia cleric whose citizenship was taken on 20 June, fuelling protests in his village near Manama.

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