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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 14 September 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Technical Assistance
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 31 July (HL931), how the £1.52 million from the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund for technical assistance to Bahrain in 2016–17 was broken down by head of expenditure; and how much was actually spent under each of those heads.
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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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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.
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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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Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 13 September 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Causeway Institute for Peace-building and Conflict Resolution International
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what funding was allocated to the Causeway Institute for Peace-building and Conflict Resolution (CIPCR) for projects in the former Yugoslavia in 2017-18; how much his Department spent on training for the Bahrain Institute for Political Development (BIPD) in 2017-18; how many (a) workshops, (b) training events, (c) meetings and (d) other engagements between CIPCR and BIPD have taken place since 2012; on what dates and in which locations such events took place; and on what dates Overseas Security and Justice Guidance Assessments were conducted on those projects.
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Asked by Peter Kyle
(Hove)
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Named Day

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Asked on: 05 September 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Capital Punishment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 21 March 2017 to Question HL5901, on Bahrain: capital punishment, when his Department expects the findings of the Ombudsman and Special Investigations Unit investigation into the allegations of torture of Mohammed Ramadan and Hussein Ali Mousa to be published.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 11 September 2017
Holding answer received on 11 September 2017

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and our Embassy in Bahrain continue to closely monitor Mohammed Ramadan and Hussein Ali Mousa's cases. The UK is firmly opposed to the death penalty, and our longstanding policy is to oppose capital sentences in all circumstances. We continue to raise concerns about these cases in public and in private at the most senior levels. We understand the Ombudsman and the Special Investigations Unit continue with their investigations. We do not know when these will be concluded or published but continue to encourage a swift, transparent conclusion.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 11 September 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Human Rights
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they plan to take in the light of the remarks by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights that the government of Bahrain's restrictions on human rights since June 2016 mean that "democratic space in the country has essentially been shut down".
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
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'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: 04 September 2017
Department for International Trade
Arms Trade: Trade Fairs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which countries have received invitations from the Government to the Defence and Security Equipment International Exhibition at the ExCel Centre from 12 to 15 September 2017.
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Answered by: Mark Garnier
Answered on: 07 September 2017

The following countries have received official invitations to DSEI 2017 from the Department for International Trade’s Defence and Security Organisation:

Algeria

Australia

Austria

Bahrain

Bangladesh

Belgium

Botswana

Brazil

Brunei

Bulgaria

Canada

Chile

Czech Republic

Colombia

Denmark

Egypt

Estonia

Finland

France

Germany

India

Indonesia

Italy

Japan

Kenya

Korea (Rep of)

Kuwait

Latvia

Lithuania

Malaysia

Mexico

Netherlands

New Zealand

Norway

Oman

Pakistan

Panama

Peru

Philippines

Poland

Portugal

Qatar

Romania

Saudi Arabia

Singapore

South Africa

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

Taiwan

Thailand

Turkey

UAE

Ukraine

USA

Vietnam

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 17 July 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain regarding the denial of medical care to Abduljalil Al-Singace and Hassan Mushaima, who were sentenced to life imprisonment by the National Safety Court in June 2011.
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Answered on: 31 July 2017

We have raised these cases with the Government of Bahrain. The UK monitors events in Bahrain closely. We continue to raise concerns about human rights with the Bahraini authorities, both in private and in public. We encourage anyone with concerns about their treatment in detention to report these directly to the oversight bodies, including the Ministry of Interior Ombudsman.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 17 July 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the group of UN human rights experts that the killings of five protesters by Bahraini security forces in Duraz on 23 May were unlawful.
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Answered on: 31 July 2017

​The Government of Bahrain Public Prosecution has launched an investigation into the deaths of the five men during the security operation in the village of Diraz. We encourage a swift and thorough investigation.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 17 July 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
Her Majesty's Government what was the allocated budget for technical assistance to Bahrain in the financial years (1) 2016-17, and (2) 2017-18, broken down by heads of expenditure; and what was the actual expenditure under each of those heads in 2016-17.
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Answered on: 31 July 2017

In 2016-17, £2 million was allocated from the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund. In total, £1.52 million was spent. The British Embassy in Bahrain is currently working out its allocation for this financial year.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 17 July 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to witness the trial of Hajar Mansoor Hassan, Nazar Alwadaei and Mahmood Marzooq on 18 September.
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Answered on: 31 July 2017

The British Embassy in Bahrain continues to monitor such cases and regularly attends court hearings.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 17 July 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain on the disappearance of Al-Sayed Alawi Hussain al-Alawi, who was arrested on 24 October 2016.
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Answered on: 31 July 2017

​We have raised this case with the Government of Bahrain. 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: 13 July 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain regarding the detention on politically-related charges of Bahraini women in Isa Town Women's Prison.
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Answered on: 27 July 2017

The UK Government raises human rights concerns with the Bahraini authorities in private and in public and will continue to do so. We encourage the Government of Bahrain to deliver on its international and domestic human rights commitments.

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Asked by Lord Judd
Asked on: 13 July 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain concerning the arrest, alleged torture and general treatment of Ebtisam Al-Sayegh, a human rights worker; what was the outcome of those representations; and how that episode will affect the UK's support for future progress on human rights within Bahrain.
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Answered on: 26 July 2017

We have raised our concerns over these allegations with the Government of Bahrain. The UK continues to encourage the Government of Bahrain to deliver on its international and domestic human rights commitments. We also encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report these to the relevant human rights oversight bodies, including the National Institute for Human Rights and the National Security Agency Ombudsman Office.

The UK continues to support Bahraini-led reform through a package of technical assistance. We believe it is not good enough to criticise countries from the sidelines. Only by working with Bahrain can we bring about the changes we would like to see. Any assistance delivered by or on behalf of the Government complies with our domestic and international human rights obligations.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 13 July 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
Her Majesty's Government whether reports of the torture and sexual abuse of Ebtisam Al-Sayegh by the National Security Agency of Bahrain on 26 May, and her subsequent arrest and alleged ill-treatment on 3 July, as reported by the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy and Amnesty International, has been recorded in line with the FCO Torture and Mistreatment Reporting Guidance.
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Answered on: 26 July 2017

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has received a report containing such allegations and has logged them in accordance with the FCO’s guidance on reporting such allegations. We have raised our concerns with the Government of Bahrain. The UK continues to encourage the Government of Bahrain to deliver on its international and domestic human rights commitments. We also encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report these to the relevant human rights oversight bodies, including the National Institute for Human Rights and the National Security Agency Ombudsman Office.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 13 July 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
Her Majesty's Government whether they have received reports of any sexual assault by staff of the National Security Agency of Bahrain and, if so, what assessment they have made of these allegations.
A
Answered on: 26 July 2017

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has received a report containing such allegations and has logged this in accordance with the FCO’s guidance on reporting such allegations. The UK continues to encourage the Government of Bahrain to deliver on its international and domestic human rights commitments. We also encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report these to the relevant human rights oversight bodies, including the National Institute for Human Rights and the National Security Agency Ombudsman Office.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 13 July 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the sentencing of Nabeel Rajab, by Bahrain's Lower Criminal Court, to two years in prison on charges of "publishing and broadcasting false news that undermines the prestige of the state", and whether they intend to make a public statement regarding the case.
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Answered on: 26 July 2017

We continue to monitor the case of Nabeel Rajab and have raised it with the Bahraini Government at senior levels. We note the two year sentence given to him and understand there are further steps in the judicial process, including the right of appeal.

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Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 30 June 2016
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Universal Credit
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Bahrain following the cancellation of Sheikh Isa Qassim's citizenship.
A
Answered by: Baroness Buscombe
Answered on: 25 July 2017

The assessment period and payment structure of Universal Credit creates a fixed period between date of entitlement and the first payment.

The policy intention is that claimants receive the first payment 5 weeks after their date of entitlement (6 weeks if waiting days are served). The assessment period runs for a full calendar month from the date of entitlement, and the UC pay date will be 7 calendar days after the end of the assessment period. This mirrors the world of work and allows for a 1 month period in which to gather information about a claimants’ earnings. Advances and budgeting support are available to support claimants during this period. Advances can provide up to 50% of a claimants indicative award straight away.

The latest internal data, for week ending 19 June, suggests some 80% of cases were paid in full at the end of the first assessment period. For the 20% of cases who were not paid in full we estimate around a third have not signed up to their claimant commitment so cannot be paid until they have. The other two thirds have an outstanding verification issue, such as providing bank statements, evidence of childcare costs, or proof of rent. Many of these claimants receive a part-payment where elements of the claim have been verified.

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(Orkney and Shetland)
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Asked on: 17 July 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Qatar: Politics and Government
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information he holds on reported Qatari contact with and support for political opposition groups in (a) Saudi Arabia, (b) the UAE, (c) Egypt and (d) Bahrain.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 25 July 2017

We are aware of such reports. We are encouraging all sides to address ongoing tensions in the region, and to get firmly behind Kuwait's mediation efforts.

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