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Asked by Martyn Day
(Linlithgow and East Falkirk)
Asked on: 06 December 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nabeel Rajab
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Government of Bahrain on Nabeel Rajab’s unsuccessful appeal against a two-year prison sentence for speaking to journalists.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 14 December 2017
​We continue to closely monitor the case of Nabeel Rajab and have raised it with the Bahraini Government at the highest levels. The British Government continues to emphasise to the Government of Bahrain the need to respect the rights of all citizens, including freedom of expression.
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Asked by Martyn Day
(Linlithgow and East Falkirk)
Asked on: 12 December 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nabeel Rajab
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to his Bahraini counterpart on the Bahraini court’s rejection of Nabeel Rajab’s appeal against a two-year prison sentence for speaking to journalists; and if he will make a statement.
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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.
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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.
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: 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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