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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 01 November 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nabeel Rajab
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain concerning the transfer of Nabeel Rajab from the Ministry of Interior Hospital to Jau Prison; whether that government has indicated to them why the transfer took place; and what assessment they have made of his treatment.
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Answered on: 15 November 2017

We continue to closely monitor the case of Nabeel Rajab and have frequently raised it with the Bahraini Government at the highest levels. Where we have concerns we will continue to raise them at an appropriate level with the Government of Bahrain. We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report these to the relevant human rights oversight bodies

The UK continues to encourage the Government of Bahrain to deliver on its international and domestic human rights commitments.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 01 November 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nabeel Rajab
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government on what date they last raised concerns with the government of Bahrain over the case of Nabeel Rajab.
A
Answered on: 15 November 2017

We continue to closely monitor the case of Nabeel Rajab and have frequently raised it with the Bahraini Government at the highest levels. Where we have concerns we will continue to raise them at an appropriate level with the Government of Bahrain.
The UK Government continues to emphasise the need to respect the rights of all citizens, including freedom of expression.

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Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 31 October 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Human Rights
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last had a face to face conversation with representatives of the government of Bahrain about human rights issues; what conclusions they drew from that conversation; whether they raised the cases of (1) Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, (2) Nabeel Rajat, (3) Mahmood Marzooq, and (4) Hajar Mansoor Hasan; and if so, with what result.
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Answered on: 14 November 2017

The Minister for the Middle East had face to face meetings with members of the Bahraini Administration during his visit to Manama on 19 October. He covered a wide range of topics including human rights. The UK Government continues to emphasise the need to respect the rights of all citizens and to act proportionately to protect human rights, including freedom of expression. We have raised our concerns with the Bahraini government at the highest levels.

We have raised the referenced cases at a senior level with the Government of Bahrain. We understand there is now a right of appeal to these sentences. The UK Government will continue to closely monitor proceedings.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 31 October 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Human Rights
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the trial in Bahrain of (1) Hajer Mansoor Hassan and Sayed Nizar Alwadaei who were sentenced to three years in prison, and (2) Mahmood Marzooq Mansoor who was sentenced to six weeks in prison, on 30 October.
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Answered on: 14 November 2017

The UK Government closely follows a number of cases, including the referenced ones, and our representatives regularly attend court hearings. We understand there is now a right of appeal to these sentences and we will continue to monitor proceedings.

We have raised these cases at a senior level with the Government of Bahrain.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 31 October 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Sayed Alwadaei
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) contact they have had with, and (2) support they have given to, Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, in response to concerns raised by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and five UN Special Rapporteurs that the detention, unfair trial and alleged torture of Hajer Mansoor Hassan, Sayed Nizar Alwadaei, and Mahmood Marzooq Mansoor in Bahrain were undertaken as a reprisal for Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei’s human rights work.
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Answered on: 14 November 2017

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office engages with a number of non-governmental organisations who have an interest in Bahrain.

We have raised the referenced cases at a senior level with the Government of Bahrain. We understand there is now a right of appeal to these sentences. The UK Government will continue to closely monitor proceedings.

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Asked by Lord Warner
Asked on: 31 October 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Gulf States: Human Rights
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment hey have made of reports that Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have committed human rights violations in respect of Qatari citizens living or working in their countries, and in respect of their own citizens living or working in Qatar.
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Answered on: 14 November 2017

We understand that the current restrictions are having an impact on the everyday lives of people in the region. We call upon our Gulf friends to encourage de-escalation, lift restrictions, and get firmly behind Kuwait's mediation efforts.

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Asked by Lord Warner
Asked on: 31 October 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Gulf States: Human Rights
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that citizens of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates can be imprisoned or fined for expressing sympathy for Qatar.
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Answered on: 14 November 2017

​We are aware of the reports and have updated our Travel Advice accordingly. We call on all sides to take steps to de-escalate the situation and unite the Gulf Cooperation Council.

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Asked by Lord Warner
Asked on: 31 October 2017
Department for International Trade
Overseas Trade: Gulf States
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications of reported human rights violations by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates for the UK's trading relationships with those countries.
A
Answered by: Baroness Fairhead
Answered on: 14 November 2017

The UK has a strong history of protecting human rights and promoting our values globally. We will continue to encourage all states to uphold international human rights obligations and work with those determined to reform. Our embassies in these countries maintain regular dialogue with officials and leaders on a range of topics, including human rights issues.

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(Mid Sussex)
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Asked on: 06 November 2017
Ministry of Defence
European Fighter Aircraft: Exports
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, to which countries his Department is supporting the sale of Typhoon aircraft; and to which countries such aircraft have already been sold.
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Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 13 November 2017

The UK Government and the Governments of the Eurofighter Typhoon Partner Nations are working with Eurofighter Partner Companies to maximize the export potential of the Typhoon in the worldwide combat air jet market, looking to build on previous international success.

On behalf of the Eurofighter Typhoon Partner Nations, the Department is currently leading engagements with the following nations on their interest in the Typhoon aircraft: Bahrain, Belgium, Finland, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and the State of Qatar.

To date 599 Typhoon aircraft have been ordered by the following nations: Austria, Germany, Italy, the State of Kuwait, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Spain, the Sultanate of Oman and the United Kingdom.

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Asked by Hilary Benn
(Leeds Central)
Asked on: 31 October 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Prisoners
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Bahrain on the trial and sentencing of Mansoor Hassan, Sayed Nizar Alwadei and Mahmood Marzooq.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 08 November 2017

​These cases have been raised at a senior level with the Government of Bahrain. We understand there is now a right of appeal through the Bahraini judicial system. The UK will continue to closely monitor proceedings.

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Asked by Lord Hussain
Asked on: 24 October 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Qatar: Diplomatic Relations
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the impact of the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar on the ordinary citizens of Qatar.
A
Answered on: 07 November 2017

We know that the closure of borders between Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar has a real impact on the movement of people and goods and on the everyday lives of people in the region. We call upon the Gulf States to find a way of de-escalating the situation and lifting the current restrictions, and are engaging with all sides in support of Kuwait’s mediation efforts.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 24 October 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Human Rights
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to meet representatives of the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy to discuss human rights issues in Bahrain
A
Answered on: 07 November 2017

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the British Embassy in Bahrain engage with a wide range of non-governmental organisations to discuss the UK's policy towards Bahrain. This includes the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 24 October 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Politics and Government
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Minister of State for the Middle East met, or had contact with, any non-governmental organisations or representatives of the Bahrain opposition during his recent visit to Bahrain.
A
Answered on: 07 November 2017

The Minister for the Middle East visited Bahrain on 19 October and co-chaired the Bahrain-UK Joint working group with His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain; where bilateral issues, including human rights, were discussed. He also had a number of official engagements with Government and non-government interlocutors, including a wide range of young influencers.

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Asked by Lord Ahmed
Asked on: 26 October 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Qatar: Diplomatic Relations
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the severing of relations between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in June, whether they have held discussions with the governments of those states about the possibility of resuming diplomatic relations; and if so, what was the outcome of those discussions.
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Answered on: 06 November 2017

The UK Government continues to hold discussions with all parties in the dispute. The Prime Minister, Foreign Secretary and other ministers have all spoken to their counterparts, calling for a de-escalation, the lifting of the current restrictions, and encouraging them to get behind Kuwait’s mediation efforts. We have made clear that Gulf unity matters to the security and stability of the region.

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(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 24 October 2017
Ministry of Defence
Red Arrows
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on which dates the Red Arrows display team last performed in (a) Saudi Arabia, (b) Jordan, (c) Kuwait, (d) Qatar, (e) Oman, (f) Bahrain and (g) the United Arab Emirates; how many personnel from his Department attended each such performance; and what the cost to the public purse was of each such performance.
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Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 01 November 2017

The Red Arrows and their support team recently completed a highly successful tour of the Middle East. The table below shows the date of the last display by named country, together with the number of additional personnel from the Department at individual events. The Red Arrows did not conduct any displays in the United Arab Emirates.

Country

Date of Last Display

No. of MOD Personnel in Attendance

Saudi Arabia

11 October 2017

10

Jordan

23 September 2017

1

Kuwait

28 September 2017

7

Qatar

30 September 2017

11

Oman

3 October 2017

7

Bahrain

8 October 2017

6

United Arab Emirates

Nil

Nil

The cost of the tour was primarily funded from within the Red Arrows flying hours allocation for Financial Year 2017-18. Costings for individual displays are not held in the format requested.

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Asked by Hilary Benn
(Leeds Central)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 23 October 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Sayed Alwadaei
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Bahrain on its treatment of the family of Sayed Alawdaei.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 26 October 2017

The UK continues to encourage the Government of Bahrain to deliver on its international and domestic human rights commitments. We continue to follow these cases closely. We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report these to the relevant human rights oversight bodies.

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(Birmingham, Hall Green)
Asked on: 09 October 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Mohamed Ramadan
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made or steps he has taken on the imprisonment of Mohammad Ramadan in Bahrain.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 17 October 2017

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and our Embassy in Bahrain continue to closely monitor the case of Mohammed Ramadan and we have raised concerns about this case both in public and in private at senior levels. We are aware that the Special Investigations Unit is continuing with investigations into complaints of torture in this case. We encourage a swift, transparent conclusion to the investigation.

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Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 13 September 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Political Prisoners
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Government of Bahrain on the provision of (a) adequate food, (b) medical care and (c) contact with family members for (i) all political prisoners, (ii) Ebtisam al-Saegh and (iii) Hajar Mansoor.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 12 October 2017

The UK continues to encourage the Government of Bahrain to deliver on its international and domestic human rights commitments. ​We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report these to the relevant human rights oversight bodies.

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Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 13 September 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Sayed Alwadaei
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to the Government of Bahrain about allegations of arbitrary arrest, detention and torture of relatives of Sayed Ahmend Al Wadaei.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 12 October 2017

​We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report these to the relevant human rights oversight bodies. The UK continues to encourage the Government of Bahrain to deliver on its international and domestic human rights commitments.

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Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 13 September 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Elias Faisal Al-Mulla
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Government of Bahrain on the provision of (a) adequate medical care and (b) contact with family members for Elias Faisal al-Mulla.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 12 October 2017

​We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report these to the relevant human rights oversight bodies. The UK continues to encourage the Government of Bahrain to deliver on its international and domestic human rights commitments.

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