Foreign Policy Committee
Parliament of Denmark
DK-1240 København K
Open letter to his Majesty, King Hamad of Bahrain,
4. september 2012
We, members of the Parliamentary Danish Foreign Policy Committee, have written this letter to voice our deepest concerns about the
Bahraini legal authorities’ treatment of the Danish nationals Zainab
al-Khawaja and Abdulhadi al-Khawaja.
We firmly firm believe that Zainab al-Khawaja and Abdulhadi alKhawaja have been wrongfully imprisoned while merely using their
inalienable right to freedom of speech and that the charges against
them should be dropped.
We welcome the Cherif Bassiouni report and applaud its critical reflections about the events in Bahrain. In particular we welcome the
report’s recommendation to “To review convictions and commute sentences
of all persons charged with offences involving political expression, not consisting of
advocacy of violence, or, as the case may be, to drop outstanding charges against
However, we are extremely disappointed that the judicial panel’s review of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja sentence did not result in his unconditional release. We urge his Majesty to use his power to pardon Abdulhadi al-Khawaja.
Further still, we noted with great concern the findings in Cherif Bassiouni report concerning Bahraini officials use of "excessive force"
and that many detainees were subjected to "physical and psychological torture", including being blindfolded, whipped, kicked, given
electric shocks and threatened with rape to extract confessions.
We insist that the basic human rights of all prisoners in Bahrain, including Mr. Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, are to be respected and that any 2/2
prior abuse will be subjected to investigations with legal repercussions to the perpetrators.
Mr. Jeppe Kofod, MP (The Social Democratic Party)
Chairman of the Danish Parliament’s Foreign Policy Committee
Foreign Affairs spokesman for The Social Democratic Party
Mr. Per Stig Møller, MP (The Conservative Party)
Chairman of the Danish Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee
Foreign Affairs spokesman for The Conservative Party
Mr. Rasmus Helveg, MP (The Danish Social-Liberal Party)
Foreign Affairs spokesman for The Danish Social-Liberal Party
Mr. Søren Espersen, MP (The Danish People’s Party)
Foreign Affairs spokesman for The Danish People’s Party
Mr. Christian Juhl, MP (The Red-Green Alliance)
Foreign Affairs spokesman for The Red-Green Alliance
Ms. Mette Bock, MP (The Liberal Alliance)
Foreign Affairs spokeswoman for The Liberal Alliance
Mr. Holger K. Nielsen, MP (The Socialist People’s Party)
Foreign Affairs spokesman for The Socialist People’s Party
Mr. Søren Pind, MP (The Liberal Party of Denmark)
Foreign Affairs spokesman for The Liberal Party of Denmark