Bahrain: Torture:Written question - 25324

Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 02 February 2016
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Torture
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the effectiveness of the technical assistance programme for the Bahraini police and prisons service in preventing the use of torture in police stations and prisons in that country.
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 09 February 2016

We are aware of ongoing allegations against Ministry of Interior personnel, and we have expressed our concerns to the authorities.

The Government of Bahrain has previously committed to consider ratifying the Optional Protocol of the Convention Against Torture. The UK strongly supports this and we have been working with the authorities to share best practice on torture prevention measures. We also ask the Government of Bahrain to allow a visit of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture.

We believe that UK support to Bahrain’s reform programme is the most constructive way to achieve long-lasting and sustainable reform in Bahrain. While it will take time to see the full results, UK support is having a direct, positive impact on areas of concern. All Foreign and Commonwealth Office programmes and project work is routinely monitored and evaluated to inform and improve future assistance.

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