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.