Italy worried over human rights violations in Bahrain
The Italian Foreign Ministry expressed its worry over human rights violations in a letter to Bahraini authorities.
The Italian authorities expressed deep concern over the human rights violations conducted by the Bahraini government, indicating their intention to raise the issue in the European Union, stressing that this is of prime importance to Italy.
Deputy Foreign Minister of the Italian government, Marina Sereni, along with other representatives, encouraged Bahraini officials to protect human rights. Sereni recently visited Manama on November 17, sounding the alarm of the violations carried out by the Bahraini government.
Sereni stressed that the Italian authorities are aware of the issues raised, particularly regarding civil and political rights, the prison system, torture, and inhumane treatment.
She asserted that the implementation of the death penalty is very worrying, especially in 2019.
"A regular dialogue was built between European embassies and Bahraini institutions. The Italian embassy in Manama was part of this process," the letter said, adding, "Accordingly and thanks to the encouragement of the Italian authorities, some specific mechanisms have been put in place to promote a more structured coordination with Bahraini counterparts."
The Italian Deputy Foreign Minister also revealed that on the sidelines of her recent trip to Bahrain, she encouraged local authorities to move forward in this direction, calling on EU embassies and member states to pressure Bahrain.
Earlier, human rights activists and members of the British House of Commons demanded the immediate release of the Bahraini academic Abdul Jalil Al-Singace, who is on hunger strike in Bahraini prisons, and all political prisoners. The participants also denounced the British government's complicity with the Manama government in its condoning of the grave violations of human rights in Bahrain.
Bahraini regions witnessed peaceful demonstrations in the towns of Al-Markh, Nuwaidrat, and Damistan, to denounce normalization with the Israeli occupation and demand the release of political prisoners.