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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 27 June 2019
Department for International Trade
Arms Trade: Bahrain
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government why they have suspended the issuance of new export licences for the sale of arms to Bahrain.
Answered on: 11 July 2019

The Government is carefully considering the implications of the Court of Appeal judgment of 20 June for decision making. While we do this, we will not grant any new licences for exports to Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners (UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain and Egypt) for possible use in the conflict in Yemen. We disagree with the judgment and are seeking permission to appeal.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 27 June 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Sentencing
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for the Middle East on 18 June (HC264373), whether the training provided by the UK to a delegation from the government of Bahrain’s Ministry of Interior on alternative sentencing was delivered as part of their technical assistance programme to that country; and on which dates that training was delivered.
A
Answered on: 11 July 2019

No training on alternative sentencing was provided to the delegation from the Ministry of Interior when they conducted a study visit to the UK on the 14-15 March. The study visit was a part of the technical assistance that the UK is providing the Government of Bahrain.

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(Brighton, Kemptown)
[N]
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Asked on: 08 July 2019
Department for International Trade
Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Court of Appeal ruling on 20 June 2019 in R (on the application of Campaign Against Arms Trade) v. The Secretary of State for International Trade, whether his Department will suspend extant open licences for the export of arms to Saudi Arabia.
A
Answered by: Graham Stuart
Answered on: 11 July 2019

The Government is carefully considering the implications of the Court of Appeal judgment of 20 June for decision making. We disagree with the judgment and are seeking permission to appeal. While we do this, we will not grant any new licences for exports to Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners (UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain and Egypt) for possible use in the conflict in Yemen.

Extant licences are not immediately affected by this judgment but decisions about these licences are remitted to the Government to reconsider in the light of the judgment. The Campaign Against Arms Trade did not seek an Order to suspend licences and the Court has not ordered their suspension. The Court expressly clarified that the outcome of the reconsideration was not a foregone conclusion.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 27 June 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Technical Assistance
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, following their decision to suspend the issuance of new export licences for the sale of arms to Bahrain, whether they intend to impose a similar moratorium on the technical assistance programme to Bahrain in view of reports of human rights abuses in that country.
A
Answered on: 10 July 2019

Following the Court of Appeal judgement in a Judicial Review into the Government’s decision-making process for granting export licences to Saudi Arabia, Her Majesty's Government will not be issuing new licenses to Saudi Arabia and its Coalition partners for the sale of arms destined for use in the conflict in Yemen. The Government is currently considering the implications of the Review. The judicial review judgement is not about whether the Government has made the right decisions in granting export licences but concerns the rationality of the process used to reach those decisions.

Under the UK technical assistance programme within the Integrated Activity Fund, each project goes through a rigorous compliance process before commencement. All projects are regularly monitored and reviewed to ensure that the training provided by or on behalf of the British Government complies with our domestic and international human rights obligations.

Asked on: 10 July 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Israel: Palestinians
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which the United States-led Peace to Prosperity workshop, held in Bahrain on 25 to 26 June, has advanced efforts to find a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 25 June 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Freedom of Expression
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 24 June (HL16330), what further representations they will make to the government of Bahrain about protecting freedom of expression for all Bahrainis in line with its international obligations; and what specific representations they have made to that government after it threatened Bahrainis with legal action if they follow anti-government social media accounts.
A
Answered on: 09 July 2019

​We have a close relationship with Bahrain which allows us to have constructive and frank discussions where we have concerns, including on freedom of expression. We continue to encourage the Government of Bahrain to protect freedom of expression for all of its citizens, in line with its international obligations. The UK supports freedom of expression and freedom of speech as both a fundamental right in itself and as an essential element of a full range of human rights.

Asked on: 27 June 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Israel: Palestinians
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the Peace to Prosperity workshop convened by the United States in Bahrain.
A
Answered on: 08 July 2019

​The UK was represented at the Peace to Prosperity workshop by the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury. We welcome US efforts to support the development of the Palestinian economy. It is important that economic discussions complement a political process, which is ultimately required to unlock lasting and sustainable economic growth for Palestinians and overdue peace in the region. A peace deal and the lifting of access and movement restrictions would generate the ultimate economic dividend not only for the Occupied Palestinian Territories but also for Israel, Jordan, Egypt and the wider region. The UK's longstanding position on the Middle East Peace Process remains that we support a negotiated settlement leading to a two-state solution based on 1967 borders, with Jerusalem as the shared capital of both states.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 20 June 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nabeel Rajab
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of a Bahraini court’s decision to reject the application for alternative sentencing of the human rights defender, Nabeel Rajab, given the concern expressed in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office 2018 report on human rights and democracy for Mr Rajab’s sentencing to five years’ imprisonment.
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Answered on: 04 July 2019

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and our Embassy in Manama has closely monitored the trials of Mr Rajab. Officials from our Embassy regularly attended Mr Rajab's court hearings. We are not aware of Mr Rajab’s application, and subsequent rejection, for alternative sentencing. The decision making process of the application of alternative sentencing is subject to meeting qualifying conditions and remains the responsibility of the Bahrain judicial system. We continue to urge the Government of Bahrain to protect freedom of expression for all its citizens in line with its international commitments. We have raised the case at senior levels as part of the UK's ongoing open dialogue with Bahrain. British officials will continue to monitor the case closely

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 20 June 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Politics and Government
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government on what basis their Human Rights and Democracy report, published on 5 June, “welcomed continuing progress in and commitment to the democratic process” in Bahrain following its elections in November 2018; and what account that report took of (1) the government of Bahrain's ban on all political opposition from electoral participation in, and (2) condemnation by the United States Congress and the parliaments of the UK, the EU, Ireland and Italy, of those elections.
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Answered on: 04 July 2019

Bahrain held parliamentary elections for the fifth time in November. The British Government takes note of a number of information sources on Bahrain and we continue to encourage Bahrain to ensure all elections are fair, transparent and inclusive.​

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 20 June 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Overseas Aid
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 17 June (HL16051 and HL16050), what they estimate of the Gulf Integrated Activity Fund’s budget allocated to Bahrain (1) was in the 2018–19 financial year, and (2) is in the 2019–20 financial year.
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Answered on: 04 July 2019

The Integrated Activity Fund funded activity in all six Gulf Cooperation Council states: Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman. Many of the projects and programme activities were delivered regionally, so it is not possible to provide a breakdown by beneficiary state.

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Asked by Kevin Brennan
(Cardiff West)
[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: 26 June 2019
Department for International Trade
Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the implications for his Department's policy on the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia are of the Court of Appeal ruling on 20 June 2019 in R (on the application of Campaign Against Arms Trade) v. The Secretary of State for International Trade.
A
Answered by: Graham Stuart
Answered on: 02 July 2019
Holding answer received on 01 July 2019

The Government is carefully considering the implications of the Court of Appeal judgment of 20 June for decision making. While we do this, we will not grant any new licences for exports to Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners (UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain and Egypt) for possible use in the conflict in Yemen. We disagree with the judgment and are seeking permission to appeal.

Extant licences are not immediately affected by this judgment but decisions about these licences are remitted to the Government to reconsider in the light of the judgment. The Campaign Against Arms Trade did not seek an Order to suspend licences and the Court has not ordered their suspension. The Court expressly clarified that the outcome of the reconsideration was not a foregone conclusion.

Grouped Questions: 269654
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Asked by Kevin Brennan
(Cardiff West)
[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: 26 June 2019
Department for International Trade
Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the implications of the Court of Appeal ruling on 20 June 2019 in R (on the application of Campaign Against Arms Trade) v. The Secretary of State for International Trade are for his Department's policy on existing licences to export arms to Saudi Arabia.
A
Answered by: Graham Stuart
Answered on: 02 July 2019
Holding answer received on 01 July 2019

The Government is carefully considering the implications of the Court of Appeal judgment of 20 June for decision making. While we do this, we will not grant any new licences for exports to Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners (UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain and Egypt) for possible use in the conflict in Yemen. We disagree with the judgment and are seeking permission to appeal.

Extant licences are not immediately affected by this judgment but decisions about these licences are remitted to the Government to reconsider in the light of the judgment. The Campaign Against Arms Trade did not seek an Order to suspend licences and the Court has not ordered their suspension. The Court expressly clarified that the outcome of the reconsideration was not a foregone conclusion.

Grouped Questions: 269653
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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 20 June 2019
Ministry of Defence
Bahrain: Military Aid
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 4 June (HL15900), whether the British Armed Forces have provided training to the Royal Guard of Bahrain at any time over the past three years; if so, on what dates the training was delivered; and what was the purpose of any such training.
A
Answered by: Earl Howe
Answered on: 28 June 2019

The British Armed Forces provided the Bahrain Royal Guard with physical training instruction in 2018, and close protection and military annual training tests (medical and basic life support) training in 2019.

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Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
[N]
Close

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: 24 June 2019
Department for International Trade
Arms Trade: Bahrain and United Arab Emirates
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the recent Court of Appeal ruling on arms exports to Saudi Arabia and criterion 2c of the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria which states that licences should not be granted if there is a clear risk the equipment to be exported might be used in a serious violation of international humanitarian law, if he will suspend arms sales to (a) Bahrain and (b) the United Arab Emirates.
A
Answered by: Graham Stuart
Answered on: 27 June 2019

The Government is carefully considering the implications of the Court of Appeal judgment of 20 June for decision making under Criterion 2c of the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export licensing Criteria. While we do we will not grant any new licences for exports to Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners (UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain and Egypt) for possible use in the conflict in Yemen.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 04 June 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Gulf States: Overseas Aid
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the allocated budget for the Gulf Integrated Activity Fund for the 2019/20 financial year; and which countries will receive support from that Fund.
A
Corrected answer by: Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Corrected on: 25 June 2019
An error has been identified in the written answer given on 18 June 2019.
The correct answer should have been:

The allocated budget for the Gulf Integrated Activity Fund (IAF) for the 2019/20 financial year is £20m. The IAF will fund activity in all seven six Gulf Cooperation Council States including Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman. and Yemen.

A
Answered on: 18 June 2019

The allocated budget for the Gulf Integrated Activity Fund (IAF) for the 2019/20 financial year is £20m. The IAF will fund activity in all seven six Gulf Cooperation Council States including Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman. and Yemen.

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Asked by Stephen Twigg
(Liverpool, West Derby)
[N]
Close

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: 20 June 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Israel: Palestinians
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department will be represented at the Bahrain Middle East conference on 25 and 26 June 2019.
A
Answered by: Dr Andrew Murrison
Answered on: 25 June 2019

The UK will be represented at the economic workshop in Bahrain by the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury Robert Jenrick MP.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 12 June 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Human Rights
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the government of Bahrain warning citizens in Bahrain of legal consequences if they follow anti-government social media accounts, and of the impact of such a warning on the freedoms and rights of the citizens of Bahrain.
A
Answered on: 24 June 2019

We continue to encourage the Government of Bahrain to protect freedom of expression for all of its citizens, in line with its international obligations. The UK supports freedom of expression and freedom of speech as both a fundamental right in itself and as an essential element of a full range of human rights.

Q
(Clwyd West)
Asked on: 13 June 2019
Department for International Trade
Offshore Industry: Bahrain
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the potential effectiveness of UK companies in developing Bahrain's oil and gas sector.
A
Answered by: Graham Stuart
Answered on: 21 June 2019

Our assessment is that UK companies should be in an excellent position to compete for suitable projects.

UK Export Finance stands ready to provide support.

Asked on: 04 June 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Israel: Palestinians
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a UK representative will participate in the Peace to Prosperity economic workshop organised by the Kingdom of Bahrain in partnership with the United States on 25 to 26 June, to discuss the potential for economic investments of a Middle East peace agreement.
A
Answered on: 18 June 2019

The UK has been invited to the economic workshop in Bahrain and we expect to participate. The UK’s longstanding position on the Middle East Peace Process is clear: we support a negotiated settlement leading to a safe and secure Israel living alongside a viable and sovereign Palestinian state; based on 1967 borders with agreed land swaps, Jerusalem as the shared capital of both states, and a just, fair, agreed and realistic settlement for refugees.

Asked on: 04 June 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Qatar: Diplomatic Relations
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have called for dialogue to resolve the ongoing crisis between Qatar and the Arab Quartet countries of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt which began in June 2017; and what steps they have taken to support the Gulf Cooperation Council in its efforts to resolve the crises.
A
Answered on: 18 June 2019

We continue to urge all sides to take steps to de-escalate and engage with Kuwaiti mediation efforts to find a resolution to the ongoing dispute. Substantive progress can only happen when all countries involved are willing to discuss demands that are measured and realistic. We remain firmly committed to our strategic partnership with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and continue to make clear during engagements with Gulf partners that GCC unity matters to long-term regional security and stability.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 04 June 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Hassan Mushaima
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 29 April (HL15263), what independent verification they will make of the “categorical assurances” from the government of Bahrain regarding the lack of urgent medical care to Hassan Mushaima; and what assessment they have made of the protest by his son Ali Mushaima outside the Royal Windsor Horse Show 2019 calling for that government to give medical care to his father.
A
Answered on: 18 June 2019

Our Embassy in Manama and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office continue to monitor the case of Hassan Mushaima closely. We have raised the case of Mr Mushaima at senior levels with the Bahraini Government and continue to follow the case. We have received confirmation of Mr Mushaima’s recent medical appointments and assurances that Mr Mushaima will continue to have access to all necessary healthcare and medical treatment whilst in detention, as guaranteed by the Bahraini constitution.

Q
(Clwyd West)
[N]
Close

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: 13 June 2019
Ministry of Defence
Bahrain: HMS Jufair
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what logistical and other advantages the Royal Navy is deriving from the establishment of HMS Jufair in Bahrain.
A
Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 18 June 2019

The UK Naval Support Facility in the Kingdom of Bahrain demonstrates our strong and enduring bilateral relationship. It supports our deployed naval force in the Gulf, providing maritime security for Bahrain, the wider region, and the global economy. The capability is split into three broad categories: accommodation, welfare, and technical. It provides appropriate levels of real-life support to personnel deployed to Bahrain, whether permanently shore-based, on contingent operations, on a deployed maritime unit, or on short-term theatre visits. The facility provides engineering and logistics support to maritime units,and can host contingent forces for short periods. It has enabled the Royal Navy to permanently assign HMS MONTROSE - a Type 23 frigate - to the Gulf, and provide better support for its vessels, including the UK's new aircraft carriers.

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(Clwyd West)
[N]
Close

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: 13 June 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Sentencing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what role the Government has played in assisting the Bahraini authorities in (a) developing and (b) implementing new criminal sentencing arrangements.
A
Answered by: Dr Andrew Murrison
Answered on: 18 June 2019

Bahrain has brought in new legislation related to alternative sentencing and has already started to implement provisions under this new legal framework. We welcome this positive move in reforming the judicial system. UK expertise have supported this process.

In a recent statement from the Embassy of Bahrain they confirmed that “To date, 388 men, 52 women, and 11 young offenders have had potential prison time replaced by alternative sentences, and a number of further cases remain under consideration by the judiciary.”

This law makes Bahrain the first country in the Middle East to introduce separate alternative sentencing legislation.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 04 June 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Technical Assistance
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the actual spending for the programme of technical and practical assistance to the government of Bahrain in the 2018/19 financial year.
A
Answered on: 17 June 2019

​The Integrated Activity Fund funded activity in all six Gulf States including Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman. Many of the projects and programme activities were delivered regionally, so it is not possible to provide a breakdown by beneficiary state.

Grouped Questions: HL16051
Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 04 June 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Technical Assistance
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the allocated budget for the programme of technical and practical assistance to the government of Bahrain for the 2019/20 financial year.
A
Answered on: 17 June 2019

​The Integrated Activity Fund funded activity in all six Gulf States including Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman. Many of the projects and programme activities were delivered regionally, so it is not possible to provide a breakdown by beneficiary state.

Grouped Questions: HL16050
Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 04 June 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Capital Punishment
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of capital punishment in Bahrain, following the upholding of 12 death sentences in May and reports that three of those individuals have exhausted all legal remedies available to them and are at risk of imminent execution.
A
Answered on: 17 June 2019

The UK's position on the use of the death penalty is longstanding and clear; we oppose its use in all circumstances and countries. The Government of Bahrain is fully aware of our position.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 21 May 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Human Rights
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last carried out an independent assessment of the effectiveness of the oversight bodies in Bahrain, including the Ombudsman and the National Institute for Human Rights; and what were the findings of that assessment.
A
Answered on: 04 June 2019

We believe that the oversight bodies in Bahrain, including the Ministry of Interior Ombudsman, are structured so that they are able to operate independently from the organisations that they oversee. While these bodies still have more to do, they have already demonstrated their abilities including through the prosecution of more than 90 police officers accused of human rights abuses.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 21 May 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Naji Fateel
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain about the case of the human rights defender, Naji Fateel, who is being denied access to medical care in Jau Prison.
A
Answered on: 30 May 2019

We are aware of the case of Naji Fateel, including allegations of mistreatment in detention, and have raised the case at a senior level with the Government of Bahrain. The Government of Bahrain have been clear in public statements that access to medical care for those in detention is guaranteed by the Constitution of Bahrain.

We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to raise them with the appropriate Bahraini human rights oversight body. We continue to encourage the oversight bodies in Bahrain to carry out thorough and swift investigations into any such claims.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 21 May 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Ali Hajji
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) representations they have made to the government of Bahrain about, and (2) steps they have taken to secure a family visit without restriction for Ali Al-Hajee who is held in Jau Prison and has not seen his family since February 2017.
A
Answered on: 30 May 2019

The Foreign and Commonwealth office continues to monitor events in Bahrain closely. We are aware of the case of Ali Al Hajee, including allegations of mistreatment in detention, and have raised the case at a senior level with the Government of Bahrain.

We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to raise them with the appropriate Bahraini human rights oversight body. We continue to encourage the oversight bodies in Bahrain to carry out thorough and swift investigations into any such claims.

Q
(Barnsley East)
Asked on: 16 May 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Homosexuality
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Bahraini ambassador on that country's laws on gay rights.
A
Answered by: Dr Andrew Murrison
Answered on: 24 May 2019

The Government of Bahrain is aware that we consider that the criminalisation of same-sex relations and the persecution of gay people is wrong.

Q
(Barnsley East)
Asked on: 16 May 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Human Rights
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Bahraini ambassador on that country's laws on human rights.
A
Answered by: Dr Andrew Murrison
Answered on: 23 May 2019

We regularly discuss human rights and reform with the Government of Bahrain, including at the biannual UK-Bahrain Joint Working Group meeting that most recently took place in February 2019. We welcome the progress made by Bahrain on their reform programme, including the introduction of the new legislation on alternatives to punishment and new proposed legislation on juvenile justice. Bahrain remains a Foreign and Commonwealth Office human rights priority country and the British Government continues to encourage the Government of Bahrain to meet its human rights obligations, in both public and private conversations.

Q
Asked by Lord Bowness
Asked on: 14 May 2019
Department for International Trade
Overseas Trade
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 14 May (HL15424 and HL15425), which are the 27 members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) with which the UK trades solely on WTO terms.
Answered on: 22 May 2019

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) Members with which the UK trades purely on WTO Terms - not subject to any Free Trade Agreement or preferential trade regime – are: Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, China, Chinese Taipei, Cuba, Gabon, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Macao, Malaysia, the Maldives, New Zealand, Oman, Paraguay, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, the US, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 09 May 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Human Rights
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will include Bahrain as a Human Rights Priority Country in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Human Rights and Democracy Report 2018; and if so, on what basis.
A
Answered on: 21 May 2019

Bahrain currently remains a Foreign and Commonwealth Office human rights priority country on the basis outlined in the last published report of 2017.

Q
Asked by Lord Judd
Asked on: 09 May 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Capital Punishment
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Bahrain about the imminent execution of Ali al-Arab and Ahmed al-Malali; and about the legal processes which led to their sentences.
A
Answered on: 20 May 2019

We are closely following the cases of Mr Almalali and Mr Alarab and have raised the cases with the Bahraini Government. The UK's position on the use of the death penalty is longstanding and clear; we oppose its use in all circumstances and countries. The Government of Bahrain are fully aware of our position. The British Government consistently and unreservedly condemns torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and it is a priority for us to combat it wherever and whenever it occurs. We urge allegations of this nature to be reported to the appropriate national human rights oversight bodies and continue to encourage these oversight bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such concerns or allegations.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 09 May 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Capital Punishment
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of concerns expressed by the UN and other international actors that Ali Al-Arab and Ahmed Al-Malali were convicted and sentenced to death in Bahrain based on confessions they gave under torture; and (1) what representations they have made to the King of Bahrain, and (2) what other steps they are taking, to prevent their execution.
A
Answered on: 20 May 2019

We are closely following the cases of Mr Almalali and Mr Alarab and have raised the cases with the Bahraini Government. The UK's position on the use of the death penalty is longstanding and clear; we oppose its use in all circumstances and countries. The Government of Bahrain are fully aware of our position. The British Government consistently and unreservedly condemns torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and it is a priority for us to combat it wherever and whenever it occurs. We urge allegations of this nature to be reported to the appropriate national human rights oversight bodies and continue to encourage these oversight bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such concerns or allegations.​

Grouped Questions: HL15648
Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 09 May 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Capital Punishment
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the failure of oversight bodies in Bahrain to investigate allegations of the torture and coerced confessions of Ali Al-Arab and Ahmed Al-Malali.
A
Answered on: 20 May 2019

We are closely following the cases of Mr Almalali and Mr Alarab and have raised the cases with the Bahraini Government. The UK's position on the use of the death penalty is longstanding and clear; we oppose its use in all circumstances and countries. The Government of Bahrain are fully aware of our position. The British Government consistently and unreservedly condemns torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and it is a priority for us to combat it wherever and whenever it occurs. We urge allegations of this nature to be reported to the appropriate national human rights oversight bodies and continue to encourage these oversight bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such concerns or allegations.​

Grouped Questions: HL15647
Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 01 May 2019
Ministry of Justice
Prisons: Bahrain
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports that a delegation headed by the director of Bahrain’s Jau Prison, Brigadier General Abdul Salam al-Araifi, visited correctional facilities in the UK before Easter, by whom the visit was funded; and if it was funded by the Government, from which funding stream this came.
A
Answered by: Lord Keen of Elie
Answered on: 16 May 2019

In April 2019, a delegation of officials from Bahrain’s Ministry of Interior visited HMP Berwyn and HMP Whitemoor. This delegation included Brigadier Abdulsalam al-Arifi, the Director General of Reformation and Rehabilitation in Bahrain’s Ministry of Interior. HMP Berwyn and Whitemoor provided complimentary refreshments for the delegation during their visits, at a cost of approximately £69.00 total. All other costs associated with the visit were borne by the delegation.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 01 May 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Sayed Alwadaei
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the open letter published in the Guardian on 11 April, signed by human rights organisations, lawyers and MPs, relating to the situation of Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei and his family in Bahrain.
A
Answered on: 14 May 2019

We are aware of the letter that was published by The Guardian on 11 April and subsequent refutation from the Bahraini Embassy. We have raised the cases of Bahraini nationals Hajer Mansoor Hassan, Sayed Nazar Al Wadaei, and Mahmood Marzooq Mansoor at senior levels with the Bahraini Government. The Bahraini Government has been clear these convictions are not related to activities of Mr Al Wadaei and have given details on charges. The Government of Bahrain has given categorical assurances that Ms Mansoor has had access to medical treatment, and will continue to receive access to appropriate medical care as guaranteed by the constitution of Bahrain. We shall continue to monitor this case closely.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 01 May 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Najah Ahmed Yousif
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made about the allegations of torture and sexual assault by officers of Bahrain’s National Security Agency on political prisoner Najah Yusuf; and whether they have communicated directly with the National Security Agency Ombudsman about such allegations.
A
Answered on: 13 May 2019

Our Embassy in Manama continues to monitor the case of Najah Ahmed Yusuf and has raised her case at a senior level with the Government of Bahrain.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 25 April 2019
Ministry of Justice
Prisons: Bahrain
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Abdulsalam al-Arifi, the General Director of Bahrain's Jau Prison, has visited prisons in the UK recently; if so, which prisons he visited; and what was the purpose of each such visit.
A
Answered by: Lord Keen of Elie
Answered on: 10 May 2019

In April 2019, a delegation of officials from Bahrain’s Ministry of Interior visited HMP Berwyn and HMP Whitemoor. This delegation included Brigadier Abdulsalam al-Arifi, the Director General of Reformation and Rehabilitation in Bahrain’s Ministry of Interior. The visit was arranged in support of Bahrain’s efforts to develop rehabilitation programmes.

Q
(Romford)
Asked on: 01 May 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Diplomatic Relations
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of diplomatic relations with Bahrain.
A
Answered by: Mark Field
Answered on: 09 May 2019

The UK and Bahrain continue to have a close and important relationship, which has flourished for more than 200 years. We cooperate on a number of pillars: defence; security; trade and investment. We work together on shared concerns about regional issues and the UK provides technical assistance to Bahrain’s ongoing reform agenda.

Q
Asked by Chi Onwurah
(Newcastle upon Tyne Central)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 30 April 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Human Rights and Press Freedom
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the Bahraini ambassador to the UK Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammad Alkhalifa’s record on human rights and press freedom in Bahrain.
A
Answered by: Mark Field
Answered on: 07 May 2019

Bahrain is a human rights priority country for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The UK’s relationship with the Government of Bahrain allows us to speak honestly about a range of issues, including human rights and press freedom. We do not shy away from sharing concerns at a senior level, including here in London.

Q
Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 24 April 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Nationality
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department made any representations to the Bahraini authorities calling for the reinstatement of citizenship for Bahraini citizens previously convicted of crimes related to political dissent, before the Kingdom of Bahrain reinstated the citizenship of 551 people on 21 April 2019.
A
Answered by: Mark Field
Answered on: 01 May 2019

We welcome this positive declaration of the reinstatement of citizenship for 551 Bahrain citizens on 21 April.

We regularly raise our concerns about the issue of revocation of nationalities where it leaves a person stateless at a senior level with the Government of Bahrain.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 11 April 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Ali Hajji
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain to secure medical treatment for Ali Alhajee, who resumed his hunger strike in Jau Prison on 5 April in protest at the continued failure of prison authorities to provide adequate medical treatment and meals in accordance with his dietary requirements.
A
Answered on: 29 April 2019

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and our Embassy in Bahrain closely follow events in Manama. We are aware of the case of Mr Ali Al Hajee and allegations of mistreatment in detention, and have raised his case at a senior level with the Government of Bahrain.

We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to raise them with the appropriate Bahraini human rights oversight body and continue to encourage the oversight bodies in Bahrain to carry out thorough and swift investigations into any such claims.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 11 April 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Mariam Albardoli
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 21 March (HL14745), what assessment they have made of the investigative allegations against Major Mariam Albardoli; whether they have raised these allegations with the government of Bahrain; and what steps they are taking to ensure compliance with international human rights legislation.
A
Answered on: 29 April 2019

The UK continues to encourage the Government of Bahrain to protect human rights for all of its citizens, in line with its international obligations. We are aware of allegations of mistreatment in detention and have raised these at a senior level with the Government of Bahrain.

We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report these to the appropriate oversight body. We encourage the oversight bodies to carry out swift, thorough and impartial investigations.​

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 11 April 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Hajer Mansoor Hassan
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 18 March (HL14213), what assessment they have made of reports that prison authorities in Bahrain continue to provide inadequate medical care to the political prisoner Hajer Mansoor Hassan, including by restricting access to medical records and failing to organise follow-up appointments.
A
Answered on: 29 April 2019

As previously stated in the written answer to HL14213, our Embassy in Manama and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office continue to follow the case of Ms Mansoor. We have raised the issue of access to medical care with the Government of Bahrain at a senior level and have been given categorical assurances that Ms Mansoor will continue to receive access to appropriate medical care.

We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report them to the appropriate Bahraini human rights oversight body and continue to encourage these oversight bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such concerns or allegations.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 11 April 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Hassan Mushaima
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that prison authorities in Bahrain have provided inadequate medical care to political prisoner Hassan Mushaima, including by imposing humiliating measures which violate Article 47 of the UN Nelson Mandela Rules.
A
Answered on: 29 April 2019

Our Embassy in Manama and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office continue to follow the case of Hassan Mushaima closely and have raised it with the Government of Bahrain at a senior level. The Government of Bahrain have given categorical assurances that, in his case and others, there is and has been access to appropriate medical care while in detention.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 11 April 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Torture
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 18 March (HL14745), whether they will reconsider their advice to victims of torture to seek recourse from Bahraini oversight bodies, considering that the UN and non-governmental organisations publications that the Minister refers to in his answer are evidence of the inefficacy of such institutions.
A
Answered on: 29 April 2019

The oversight bodies are structured so that they are able to carry out their set mandates and operate independently from the organisations that they oversee. While these bodies still have more to do, they have already demonstrated their abilities, including through the prosecution of over 80 police officers accused of human rights abuses.

Q
Asked by Mary Glindon
(North Tyneside)
[N]
Close

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 April 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Sheikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what role his Department played in the appointment of Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammad Alkhalifa to become an Ambassador of Bahrain to the UK.
A
Answered by: Mark Field
Answered on: 29 April 2019

As per our standard practice, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office thoroughly reviews each State’s appointee as Head of Mission.

Q
Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
Asked on: 18 April 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Civil Liberties and Press Freedom
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with Bahraini Ambassador to the UK on press freedom and civil liberties.
A
Answered by: Mark Field
Answered on: 25 April 2019

​Our Embassy in Manama and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office continue to follow events in Bahrain closely. The UK enjoys a close relationship with the Government of Bahrain which allows us to speak honestly about a range of issues, including human rights. We do not shy away from sharing any concerns at a senior level.

The UK supports freedom of expression and freedom of speech as both a fundamental right in itself and as an essential element of a full range of human rights. We continue to encourage the Government of Bahrain to protect freedom of expression for all of its citizens, in line with its international obligations.

Q
(Hendon)
Asked on: 10 April 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Middle East: Politics and Government
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish the outcomes of the Warsaw Conference on 14 February 2019 in Poland that was attended by representatives of Israel, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Morocco, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Tunisia, France, Germany, the US and the United Kingdom.
A
Answered by: Mark Field
Answered on: 23 April 2019

The Foreign Secretary held constructive discussions during and on the margins of the Warsaw Conference in February. He discussed a wide range of issues related to Middle East security, and on 13 February the Foreign Secretary co-hosted a meeting of the Yemen Quad, where they highlighted their commitment to progress on Yemen, which is at a critical juncture.

Q
Asked by Jeff Smith
(Manchester, Withington)
Asked on: 10 April 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Courts
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 4 February 2019 to Question HL13129, what the nature of the support provided to independent oversight bodies in Bahrain is.
A
Answered by: Mark Field
Answered on: 23 April 2019

The United Kingdom has been working with Bahrain’s independent human rights oversight bodies since their creation following recommendations from the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry in 2012. Our work has supported the building of effective institutions in order to carry out their set mandates. While these bodies still have more to do, they have already demonstrated their abilities including through the prosecution of over 80 police officers accused of human rights abuses.

Q
(Brighton, Kemptown)
Asked on: 03 April 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Najah Ahmed Yousif
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the validity of allegations that the Bahraini Embassy in London forged evidence against female activist Najah Yusuf by attributing to her tweets which were posted eight months after her conviction.
A
Answered by: Mark Field
Answered on: 12 April 2019

Our Embassy in Bahrain and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office continue to monitor the case of Najah Ahmed Yusuf and have raised her case at a senior level with the Government of Bahrain. I would also refer the Honourable Member to the statement made on 28 March by the Bahraini Government.

Q
(Coventry South)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 02 April 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Najah Ahmed Yousif
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Bahraini counterpart on the political prisoner Najah Yusuf.
A
Answered by: Mark Field
Answered on: 08 April 2019

Our Embassy in Bahrain continues to monitor the case of Najah Ahmed Yusuf and has raised her case at a senior level with the Government of Bahrain.

Q
(North Durham)
[N]
Close

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: 03 April 2019
Ministry of Defence
Navy: Military Bases
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much funding the Government has allocated to UK naval facilities in (a) Bahrain, (b) Oman, (c) Diego Garcia, (d) Singapore and (e) Brunei in the last 12 months.
A
Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 08 April 2019

Allocated funding and Infrastructure costs in the last 12 months were as follows:

Bahrain: funding allocated at the start of financial year (FY) 2018-19 for the UK Naval support facility was £10.55 million.

Oman: £4.115 million was allocated to Duqm at the start of FY 2018-19.

Diego Garcia: £3.04 million was allocated at the start of FY 2018-19.

Singapore: Due to rental payments received from the US, -£1.33 million was allocated to British Defence Singapore Support Unit at the start of FY 2018-19; however £1.845 million was spent on capital works and facilities maintenance.

It has not been possible to provide the information for Brunei in the time available, and I will write to the hon. Member once it has been collated.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 21 March 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Prisons
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Mandates of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression; the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders; the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief; and the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice, published on 17 January, which expressed concerns over the ongoing reprisals against political prisoner Hajar Mansoor Hasan in Bahrain and identified Major Albardoli "as the prison official responsible for the abuses in Isa Town Prison"; and what steps they are taking, under their international obligations and as a signatory to the UN Convention against Torture, to tackle torture and prison abuses in Bahrain.
A
Answered on: 04 April 2019

The British Government takes note of a number of sources of information on a range of issues in Bahrain; including publications and statements by the UN and non-governmental organisations, including UN Special Rapporteurs. The UK continues to encourage the Government of Bahrain to protect human rights for all of its citizens, in line with its international obligations.

We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report these to the appropriate oversight body. We encourage the oversight bodies to carry out swift, thorough and impartial investigations.

The UK does consistently and unreservedly condemn torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and we raise our concerns wherever and whenever it occurs.​

Asked on: 20 March 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Israel: Palestinians
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the purpose of President Trump’s senior advisor Jared Kushner’s visit to Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates on 25 to 28 February was discussed with them in advance; and whether they have received any subsequent debriefs on the visit.
A
Answered on: 03 April 2019

The Foreign Secretary spoke to Jared Kushner on 13 March when they discussed his recent visit to the region. We are aware that the purpose of the trip was to discuss the US' peace plan. We have encouraged our American counterparts to bring forward detailed proposals for a viable Israel-Palestinian peace agreement that addresses the legitimate concerns of both parties. We continue to believe the best way to achieve this is through substantive peace talks between the parties leading to a two-state solution with Jerusalem as a shared capital.

Q
(North East Fife)
Asked on: 26 March 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Technical Assistance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the his Department's Integrated Activity Fund in Bahrain .
A
Answered by: Mark Field
Answered on: 03 April 2019

All programming is subject to governance arrangements and evaluation to ensure it continues to deliver in line with objectives.

Q
(Brighton, Kemptown)
Asked on: 26 March 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Detainees
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he his making to his Bahraini counterpart on the welfare of female human rights defenders detained in Isa Town Prison.
A
Answered by: Mark Field
Answered on: 03 April 2019

The UK has a continuing dialogue with the Government of Bahrain and all Bahraini human rights oversight bodies. We continue to encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report these to the relevant human rights oversight body. We urge these oversight bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations.

Q
Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 12 March 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Human Rights
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to persuade the government of Bahrain to (1) end capital punishment and to reprieve those awaiting execution, (2) release journalists imprisoned as a result of their professional work, (3) end the use of torture in all circumstances, and (4) allow those who have had their Bahraini citizenship removed since 2012 to present their cases for restoral of citizenship.
A
Answered by: Baroness Goldie
Answered on: 26 March 2019

(1) The UK's position on the use of the death penalty is longstanding and clear. We oppose its use in all circumstances and countries. The Government of Bahrain are fully aware of our position


(2) The UK and Bahrain have an open dialogue which enables us to raise our concerns, including on individual cases, through private and senior channels. Where we have concerns we raise them at a senior level with the Government of Bahrain. The UK supports freedom of expression and freedom of speech as both a fundamental right in itself and as an essential element of a full range of human rights. We continue to encourage the Government of Bahrain to protect freedom of expression for all of its citizens, in line with its international obligations


(3) We continue to encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to raise them with the appropriate Bahraini human rights oversight body. We encourage the oversight bodies in Bahrain to carry out thorough and swift investigations into any such claims


(4) The UK has raised our concerns on the revocation of Bahraini citizenship at a senior level with the Government of Bahrain.​

Q
Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 12 March 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Rule of Law
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what practical results have been achieved from their expenditure of £6 million on technical aid to strengthen the Rule of Law and to secure justice reform in Bahrain.
A
Answered by: Baroness Goldie
Answered on: 26 March 2019

We continually assess all programme activity throughout implementation, to ensure it is on track for delivery, as well as upon completion of each individual project. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has provided numerous updates on its work in Bahrain in its annual Human Rights Reports, as well as through Freedom of Information Act requests. This information can be found on the gov.uk website.

Q
Asked by Dawn Butler
(Brent Central)
Asked on: 14 March 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Sayed Alwadaei
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, further to the Answer of 4 February 2019 to Question HL13127, whether his Department relies on the assurances provided by the Bahraini Government in assessing the case of Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei’s family members; and what assessment the Government has made of information provided by independent bodies such as the UN, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch on this matter.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 22 March 2019

The British Government takes note of a number of sources of information on these issues; including publications by the UN and other Non Governmental Organisations. We continue to encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to raise them with the appropriate Bahraini human rights oversight body. We encourage the oversight bodies in Bahrain to carry out thorough and swift investigations into any such claims.

Q
Asked by Dawn Butler
(Brent Central)
Asked on: 14 March 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Sayed Alwadaei
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether officials from his Department attended the proceedings in Bahrain on 25 February 2019 in which the three-year prison sentences against family members of Sayed Alwadaei were upheld.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 22 March 2019

Officials from our Embassy in Manama attended the court session for the individuals in question. We continue to monitor the cases of these individuals.

Q
Asked by Dawn Butler
(Brent Central)
Asked on: 14 March 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Sayed Alwadaei
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in Bahrain on the case of the family members Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 22 March 2019

We continue to raise the cases of Bahraini nationals Hajer Mansoor Hassan, Sayed Nazar Al Wadaei and Mahmood Marzooq Mansoor at senior levels with the Bahraini Government.

Q
(North Durham)
Asked on: 19 March 2019
Department for International Trade
Hawk Aircraft: Exports
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he has taken to identify potential export opportunities for Hawk training aircraft in (a) Qatar, (b) Kuwait, (c) Bahrain, (d) Austria, (e) Saudi Arabia, (f) India, (g) Malaysia, (h) Slovakia, (i) Spain, (j) Turkey and (k) Japan.
A
Answered by: Graham Stuart
Answered on: 22 March 2019

The Department for International Trade continues to work closely with other Government Departments and BAE Systems to promote the world leading Hawk Advanced Jet Training aircraft. Working through an Integrated Campaign Team approach, we continue to pursue the interest of a number of international partners in the platform.

As an example of export success, last year Hawk was a key component of the package in support of the successful export of Typhoon to Qatar. We are seeking to build on that success.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 04 March 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Sayed Alwadaei
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether representatives from the British Embassy in Manama attended the final hearing of the case against three family members of exiled political activist Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei; and if so, what assessment they made of the conduct of that trial.
A
Answered on: 18 March 2019

We are aware of and continue to monitor the three cases raised in your question and officials from our Embassy in Manama attended their court session.

We encourage those with concerns to report these to the appropriate Bahrain human rights oversight bodies and also encourage these oversight bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such claims.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 04 March 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Political Prisoners
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the government of Bahrain about the suspension by Isa Town Prison of female political prisoners’ ability to make phone calls to their families.
A
Answered on: 18 March 2019

We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report them to the appropriate Bahraini human rights oversight body. We continue to encourage these oversight bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such concerns or allegations.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 04 March 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Hajer Mansoor Hassan
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for the Middle East on 27 February (HC223509), whether they will make representations to the government of Bahrain about the access of political prisoner Hajer Mansoor Hassan to medical care; and what assessment they have made of reports that Ms Mansoor is being denied access to treatment she is entitled to under the constitution of Bahrain.
A
Answered on: 18 March 2019

The British Embassy and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office continue to follow the case of Ms Mansoor and have raised the issue of access to medical care with the Government of Bahrain at a senior level.

The Government of Bahrain have given categorical assurances that Ms Mansoor has received medical treatment and will continue to receive access to appropriate medical care, as guaranteed by the constitution of Bahrain.

We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report them to the appropriate Bahraini human rights oversight body. We continue to encourage these oversight bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such concerns or allegations.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 04 March 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Capital Punishment
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain about that country’s use of the death penalty.
A
Answered on: 18 March 2019

It is the UK's long-standing policy to oppose the use of the death penalty in all circumstances as a matter of principle and the Government of Bahrain are fully aware of our position.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 04 March 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Human Rights
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to raise concerns about the human rights situation in Bahrain at the 40th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, including in relation to that country’s (1) use of the death penalty, (2) revocation of the nationality of political dissidents, and (3) reprisals against human rights defenders.
A
Answered on: 18 March 2019

We welcome the commitment from Bahrain to work with the UN system and encourage them and the incoming UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to open a constructive dialogue to explore how better they can work together.

The depth and breadth of our relationship with Bahrain means we can, and do, express our concerns about human rights in a frank and open way at senior levels.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 04 March 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Capital Punishment
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Communication UA BHR 6/2018 sent by three UN Special Rapporteurs on 11 December 2018 regarding information they had received concerning the imposition of the death penalty and the conduct of trials in Bahrain; and what assessment they have made of the investigation of the allegations outlined in that Communication.
A
Answered on: 18 March 2019

We are aware of the report sent by UN Special Rapporteurs in December 2018. The British Government takes note of a number of sources of information on these issues; including publications by the UN. We continue to encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to raise them with the appropriate Bahraini human rights oversight body. We encourage the oversight bodies in Bahrain to carry out thorough and swift investigations into any such claims.

Q
(Islington South and Finsbury)
Asked on: 06 March 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Sayed Alwadaei
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Bahraini counterpart on the recent upholding of the convictions against relatives of the wife of Mr Sayed Alwadaei, the Director of Advocacy of the London-based Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 13 March 2019

We are aware of and continue to monitor the cases raised in your question. Officials from our Embassy in Manama attended the court session for the individuals in question. We have raised these cases at a senior level with the Government of Bahrain.

Q
(Islington South and Finsbury)
Asked on: 06 March 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nabeel Rajab
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Bahraini counterpart on the case of the human rights activist Nabeel Rajab.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 13 March 2019

As the statement I released on 21 February made clear, we are concerned by the five year sentence handed to Mr Rajab. We have raised the case at the highest levels with the Government of Bahrain. We continue to encourage the Government of Bahrain to protect freedom of expression for all of its citizens, in line with its international obligations.

Q
(Mid Sussex)
[N]
Close

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: 25 February 2019
Ministry of Defence
Military Bases
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the global network of operational and logistic support bases for the (a) Royal Navy, (b) Army and (c) Royal Air Force for the purpose of delivering international security.
A
Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 28 February 2019

In answering this question, we have defined 'the global network of operational and logistic support bases' to mean any overseas Ministry of Defence owned or leased bases.

Due to the Joint nature of military operations it is difficult to allocate these bases to a single Service in any meaningful way. The list is as follows:

British Forces Germany

British Forces Cyprus

British Forces Gibraltar

British Forces South Atlantic Islands

- Falkland Islands

- Ascension Island

British Indian Ocean Territory

British Defence Singapore Support Unit, Singapore

Joint Logistics Support Base, Duqm, Oman.

Naval Support Facility, Bahrain

Q
Asked by Karen Lee
(Lincoln)
Asked on: 19 February 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Hajer Mansoor Hassan
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if will make representations to his counterpart in Bahrain on the failure of prison authorities in Isa Town Prison and local oversight bodies to facilitate a mammogram for political prisoner Hajer Mansoor Hassan who is being denied access to medical care for a lump in her breast.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 27 February 2019

The British Embassy and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office continue to follow the case of Ms Mansoor and have raised the issue of access to medical care with the Government of Bahrain at a senior level.

The Government of Bahrain have given categorical assurances that Ms Mansoor has had a mammogram and is awaiting the results, and will continue to receive access to appropriate medical care, as guaranteed by the constitution of Bahrain.

We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report them to the appropriate Bahraini human rights oversight body. We continue to encourage these oversight bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such concerns or allegations.

Q
Asked by Karen Lee
(Lincoln)
Asked on: 19 February 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Sheikh Ali Salman
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 11 February 2019 to Question HL13338 on Sheikh Ali Salman, whether the Minister for the Middle East called for the release of Bahraini opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman during his meeting with the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to London on 5 November 2018.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 27 February 2019

The Honourable Lady will have seen my statement of 4 November where I expressed my concerns on the further sentencing of Sheikh Ali Salman. On 5 November I discussed these concerns with the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the UK and again with the Bahrain Minister of Foreign Affairs on 20 February 2019. We will continue to closely monitor the case. The UK has raised this case at senior levels with the Government of Bahrain.

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(Brighton, Kemptown)
[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: 18 February 2019
Department for International Trade
Cryptography: Exports
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will publish the manufacturers in receipt of Open Individual Export Licences for (a) 5E002, (b) 5A002 and (c) 5D002 on UK Strategic Export Control Lists (i) 2018-04-16 to Bahrain; (ii) 2018-04-16 to Egypt; (iii) 2018-04-16 to Jordan; (iv) 2018-04-16 to Kuwait; (v) 2018-04-16 to Lebanon; (vi) 2018-04-16 to Oman; (vii) 2018-04-16 to Pakistan; (viii) 2018-04-16 to Qatar; (ix) 2018-04-16 to Saudi Arabia; and (x) 2018-04-16 to United Arab Emirates.
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Answered by: Graham Stuart
Answered on: 21 February 2019

I am withholding the names of those in receipt of the Open Individual Export Licences as disclosure would prejudice commercial interests.

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Asked by Karen Lee
(Lincoln)
Asked on: 06 February 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Political Prisoners
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to Answer of 15 November 2018 to Quesrion 188258, whether any steps have been taken on behalf of Bahraini female political prisoners Hajer Mansoor, Najah Yusuf and Medina Ali to ensure that the Bahraini authorities allow them to see their families without the physical barrier which was imposed in September 2018.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 13 February 2019

As the Honourable Lady will know from answers in this House and the other place, our Embassy in Bahrain and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office continue to monitor the cases of Hajer Mansoor, Najah Ahmed Yusuf and Medina Ali.

We continue to encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report these to the relevant human rights oversight bodies. We also continue to encourage these bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such allegations. We understand that the National Institution for Human Rights and the Ministry of Interior Ombudsman are aware of these cases and have been in contact with the three individuals in question.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 31 January 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Political Prisoners
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain about the decision of the Bahraini High Court of Appeal to uphold the death sentences of political prisoners Ahmed Almalali and Ali Alarab.
A
Answered on: 12 February 2019

We are aware of the cases of Mr Almalali and Mr Alarab and have raised their cases at a senior level within the Government of Bahrain.

The UK's position on the use of the death penalty is longstanding and clear; we oppose its use in all circumstances and countries. The Government of Bahrain are fully aware of our position.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 31 January 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Sheikh Ali Salman
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to advocate for the release of Bahraini political opposition leader, Sheikh Ali Salman, following the concern expressed in a statement by the Minister of State for the Middle East on 4 November 2018 and the Bahraini Court of Cassation’s decision to uphold his life sentence on 28 January.
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Answered on: 11 February 2019

The noble Lord has mentioned the Minister for the Middle East’s statement on 4 November expressing concerns on the latest sentence. The Minister for the Middle East also raised this with the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to London on 5 November. We continue to raise this case at senior levels with the Government of Bahrain.

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(Coventry South)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 01 February 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Hakeem AlAraibi
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of (a) FIFA and (b) IOC on the unlawful detainment of footballer Hakeem al-Araibi in Thailand.
A
Answered by: Mims Davies
Answered on: 08 February 2019

The detention of Hakeem al-Araibi in Thailand was recently raised at the debate on Sport in the UK and in questions to FCO colleagues. This is a matter for the Governments of Thailand, Bahrain and Australia.

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(Oxford East)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 05 February 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Political Prisoners
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of political prisoners in Bahrain.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 08 February 2019
Holding answer received on 08 February 2019

We do not hold figures for the number of political prisoners in Bahrain.

Q
(Oxford East)
[N]
Close

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: 05 February 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Sexual Offences
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Bahraini counterpart on reports of sexual violence against female detainees in Bahrain.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 08 February 2019
Holding answer received on 08 February 2019

We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report them to the appropriate Bahraini human rights oversight body. We continue to encourage these oversight bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such allegations.

Q
(North East Fife)
Asked on: 30 January 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Human Rights
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Bahrain after the recent verdict against Nabeel Rajab and the hunger strike of Ali AlHajee and Naji Fateel while in Bahraini prison.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 07 February 2019

We regularly publish our assessments of the Human Rights situation in Bahrain in our annual Human Rights Report, last published in July 2018. The United Kingdom has a close relationship with Bahrain which allows us to have open and frank conversations. Where we have concerns we raise them at an appropriately senior level, including through the UK-Bahrain Joint Working Group which I co-chair with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain. We have raised the cases of Mr Rajab, Mr AlHajee and Mr Fateel at a senior level with the Government of Bahrain.

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(North East Fife)
Asked on: 30 January 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Prisoners
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of UK-trained oversight bodies in Bahrain in investigating allegations of the torture of prisoners while in custody.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 07 February 2019

We believe that the oversight bodies in Bahrain, including the Ministry of Interior Ombudsman, are structured so that they are able to operate independently from the organisations that they oversee. While these bodies still have more to do, they have already demonstrated their abilities including through the prosecution of more than 70 police officers accused of human rights abuses.

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(North East Fife)
Asked on: 29 January 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Overseas Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of spending by his Department's Integrated Activity Fund in Bahrain.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 05 February 2019

​All spend from the Integrated Activity Fund in Bahrain is kept under regular review both in-country and by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 24 January 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Duaa Alwadaei
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 14 June 2018 (HL8318), whether they will correct their statement that Duaa Alwadaei was tried in absentia in Bahrain on charges of assault, following the report by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Opinions adopted by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention at its eighty-second session, 20–24 August 2018, published on 7 January, which states, in paragraph 61, that the government of Bahrain described her charge as insulting a public official.
A
Answered on: 04 February 2019

Duaa Alwadaei was charged with the (verbal) assault of a police officer and tried in absentia after failing to attend court. British Embassy Officials attended the hearing where the charges were read. The charge of assault has also been confirmed in public statements from the Government of Bahrain.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 24 January 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Sayed Alwadaei
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 21 January (HL12760) and the report by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Opinions adopted by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention at its eighty-second session, 20–24 August 2018, published on 7 January, what plans they have to assess the circumstances of Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei’s family members, given that (1) assurances from the government of Bahrain that there have been no reprisals against his family members contradict the findings of that report, and (2) the UK was a signatory to a joint statement at the Human Rights Council in 2014, which urged the government of Bahrain to release all persons imprisoned solely for exercising human rights.
A
Answered on: 04 February 2019

The Noble Lord will know from previous answers in this House that we have received categorical assurances from the Bahraini authorities that the legal cases against Mr Alwadaei’s family members are not related to Mr Al Wadaei's activities. We understand that Mr Al Wadaei has been able to continue with his work. We have raised these cases at a senior level with the Government of Bahrain.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 24 January 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Sayed Alwadaei
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Opinions adopted by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention at its eighty-second session, 20–24 August 2018, published on 7 January, which states that Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei’s family were “deprived of their liberty, interrogated and prosecuted for their family ties…and that these were acts of reprisals”, what assessment they have made of whether the statement by Bahrain’s Ministry of Interior on 10 January disseminates false information about Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei and his family; and whether they will issue a public comment on that statement.
A
Answered on: 04 February 2019

As the Noble Lord will know from previous answers in this House, our Embassy in Bahrain and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office continue to monitor these cases and have received assurances from the Bahraini authorities that the legal cases against Mr Alwadaei’s family members are not related to Mr Al Wadaei’s activities. We are aware of the statement of 10 January from Bahrain’s Ministry of the Interior.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 24 January 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Courts
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by the Minister for the Middle East on 22 January (HC Deb, col 129), what are the independent processes in place to oversee the activities of the courts in Manama, Bahrain; and how they assess the progress made in that country.
A
Answered on: 04 February 2019

The UK supports Bahrain's reform programme, which includes strengthening independent oversight bodies such as the Ministry of Interior Ombudsman and the Prisoners and Detainees Rights Commission. The National Institute for Human Rights has the remit to monitor court cases on due process, and does so regularly. ​

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 24 January 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Human Rights
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the report by Human Rights Watch World Report 2019: events of 2018, published in January, that civilian and military courts in Bahrain continued “to convict and imprison peaceful dissenters, including prominent human rights defenders and opposition leaders, under the guise of national security” in 2018.
A
Answered on: 04 February 2019

The UK supports freedom of expression and freedom of speech as both a fundamental right in itself and as an essential element of a full range of human rights. We continue to encourage the Government of Bahrain to protect freedom of expression for all of its citizens, in line with its international obligations.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 18 January 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Hakeem AlAraibi
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for the Middle East on 14 November 2018 (199906), what assessment they have made of the extent to which the proposed extradition of Hakeem Ali Alaraibi by Thailand to Bahrain would be consistent with international human rights law; and whether officials at the British Embassy in Bangkok have made any representations to the government of Thailand about this case.
A
Answered on: 31 January 2019

We are aware that Hakeem Al-Araibi is currently in detention in Thailand. This is a matter for the Governments of Thailand, Bahrain and Australia.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 18 January 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Political Prisoners
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain about reports of (1) the suspension of access to phone calls, and (2) other punitive measures in place to deter inmates from interacting with female political prisoners Hajer Mansoor, Medina Ali and Najah Yusuf at Isa Town Prison in Bahrain.
A
Answered on: 31 January 2019

Our Embassy in Bahrain and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office continue to monitor the cases of Hajer Mansoor, Najah Ahmed Yusuf and Medina Ali. The UK has raised the cases at a senior level with the Government of Bahrain. We continue to encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report these to the relevant human rights oversight bodies. We also continue to encourage these bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such allegations. We understand that the National Institution for Human Rights and the Ministry of Interior Ombudsman are aware of these cases and have been in contact with the three individuals in question.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 18 January 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Hassan Mushaima
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Bahrain about the detention of Hassan Mushaima, and his access to (1) the results of his cancer scans taken in August 2018, and (2) family visits; and, further to those discussions, what progress they understand has been made on those issues.
A
Answered on: 31 January 2019

Our Embassy in Bahrain and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office continue to follow the case of Hassan Mushaima closely and have raised it with the Government of Bahrain at a senior level. The Government of Bahrain have given categorical assurances that, in his case and others, there is and has been access to appropriate medical care while in detention. We also understand that Mr Mushaima has received visits from family members.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 18 January 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Political Prisoners
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain about reports of reprisals against Hajer Mansoor and Sayed Nizar Alwadaei following the call for their immediate and unconditional release by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in January.
A
Answered on: 31 January 2019

We have received assurances from the Bahraini authorities that there have been no reprisals against the family members of Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, including Hajer Mansoor and Sayed Nizar Alwadaei. We encourage those with concerns to report these to the appropriate Bahrain human rights oversight bodies and also encourage these oversight bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such claims. We continue to monitor these individual cases and have raised them at senior levels with the Government of Bahrain. ​

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 18 January 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Political Prisoners
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain about reports of restrictions to family visits for Nabeel Rajab and Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja which prevent any physical contact.
A
Answered on: 31 January 2019

We urge those with concerns about treatment whilst in detention to report these to the appropriate national oversight body. We also continue to encourage these oversight bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such claims. We have raised the case of Mr Rajab with the Government of Bahrain at a senior level.

Q
(Hammersmith)
Asked on: 22 January 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Ali Hajji and Naji Fateel
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 27 November 2018 to Question 192801 and with reference to the oversight bodies’ reported failure to address the case, what action he will take to ensure that Bahraini political prisoners Ali AlHajee and Naji Fateel, who are entering the 68th day of their hunger strike, have immediate access to medical care.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 30 January 2019

As the Honourable Gentleman will know from previous answers in this House and the other place, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the British Embassy in Manama are aware of, and have raised, the cases of Ali Al Hajee and Naji Fateel at a senior level and continue to monitor them.

The Government of Bahrain have been clear in public statements that access to medical care for those in detention is guaranteed by the Constitution of Bahrain. We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report them to the appropriate Bahraini human rights oversight body. We continue to encourage these oversight bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such allegations.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 15 January 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Political Prisoners
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what urgent representations they intend to make to the government of Bahrain to ensure that Bahraini political prisoners Ali Haji and Naji Fateel have immediate access to medical care.
A
Answered on: 28 January 2019

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and our Embassy in Bahrain are aware of the cases of Ali Hajji and Naji Fateel. We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to raise them with the appropriate Bahraini human rights oversight body and we encourage these oversight bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such claims.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 18 January 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Hakeem AlAraibi
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement made by the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs on 9 December 2018 that it would be a breach of international human rights law for the Thai authorities to extradite Hakeem Ali Alaraibi to Bahrain.
A
Answered on: 28 January 2019

We are aware that Hakeem Al-Araibi is currently in detention in Thailand. This is a matter for the Governments of Thailand, Bahrain and Australia.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 10 January 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Political Prisoners
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Bahrain about the release of Sayed Nazar Alwadaei, Mahmood Marzooq Mansoor and Hajar Mansoor Hassan, following the statement by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on 9 January that they were held because of their family ties with Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei.
A
Answered on: 21 January 2019

The British Embassy in Bahrain and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office continue to monitor the cases of Sayed Nazar Al-Wadaei, Mahmood Marzooq Mansoor and Hajar Mansoor Hassan. We have raised these cases at a senior level with the Government of Bahrain. We have received assurances from the Bahraini authorities that there have been no reprisals against the family members of Mr Alwadaei.

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