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(Hammersmith)
Asked on: 19 December 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Political Prisoners
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Bahraini counterpart on the quashing of the death sentences of Mohamed Ramadhan and Husain Moosa by Bahrain’s Court of Cassation and their upcoming retrial before that country's Court of Appeal; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 07 January 2019

​The UK has raised the cases of Mohamed Ramadhan and Husain Moosa at a senior level with the Government of Bahrain. We welcome the investigation and recommendation of the Special Investigations Unit and the subsequent decision of the Minister of Justice to refer the cases of Mohamed Ramadhan and Husain Moosa back to the Court of Cassation for retrial. Officials from the British Embassy regularly attend court hearings of cases of interest to the UK. We will continue to closely monitor these cases.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 12 December 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Hakeem AlAraibi
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Thailand about the detention of Bahraini refugee Hakeem al-Araibi and its plans to extradite him to Bahrain despite reports of him having been tortured in that country for his involvement in political protests.
A
Answered on: 24 December 2018

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 Karen Lee
(Lincoln)
Asked on: 06 December 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Zuhair Ebrahim Jassim Abdullah Abas
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Bahraini Government on the case of Zuhair Ebrahim who was sentenced to death on 29 November 2018.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 14 December 2018

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office monitors events in Bahrain closely. We are aware of the case of Zuhair Ebrahim and are seeking further information. It is the UK's longstanding position to oppose capital sentences in all circumstances and countries. We continue to make this clear to the Government of Bahrain.

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(Brighton, Kemptown)
Asked on: 06 December 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Elias Faisal Al-Mulla
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations for the release of Bahraini political prisoner, Elyas Faisal al-Mulla on a humanitarian basis, given that he suffers from stage three colon cancer.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 14 December 2018

We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to raise these with the relevant human rights oversight bodies and also with the Bahraini authorities through appropriate legal channels. We also encourage Bahrain to comply with their domestic and international human rights commitments.

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(Brighton, Kemptown)
Asked on: 06 December 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Elias Faisal Al-Mulla
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the legality of the continued detention of Bahraini political prisoner, Elyas Faisal al-Mulla.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 14 December 2018

We continue to closely monitor events in Bahrain and where we have concerns, we raise them with the Bahraini authorities. We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to raise them with the appropriate Bahraini human rights oversight body.

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(Brighton, Kemptown)
Asked on: 06 December 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Hakeem AlAraibi
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Thai counterpart on the case of Bahraini footballer, Hakeem AlAraibi who is being unlawfully detained in Thailand and at risk of extradition.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 14 December 2018

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

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(Brighton, Kemptown)
Asked on: 06 December 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Hakeem AlAraibi
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the UK Government is assisting Australian authorities on ensuring the safe return of Bahraini footballer, Hakeem AlAraibi, who has been granted refugee status in Australia and risks being deported to Bahrain.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 14 December 2018

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

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Asked by Faisal Rashid
(Warrington South)
Asked on: 04 December 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Technical Assistance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Government response to the Thirteenth Report of Session 2017-19 of the Foreign Affairs Committee on Human rights and the rule of law, if the Government will publish its assessment of the technical assistance it has given to Bahrain.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 12 December 2018

The UK has been providing a range of technical and practical assistance to the Government of Bahrain since 2012, in support of its reform programme. Technical assistance supports the building of effective and accountable institutions, strengthening of the rule of law, and police and justice reform. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office provides updates on its programme work in its annual Human Rights Reports.​

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 26 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Human Rights
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 19 November (HL11289), whether they have taken into consideration the UN Special Rapporteurs’ concerns on Bahrain for reports pertaining to (1) infringements of the right to life, freedom from torture, freedom of religion and belief, and freedom of peaceful assembly of Fadhel Sayed Abbas Hassan Radhi, Mohamed Abdul Hasan Ahmed Al Mutaghawi, Sayed Alawi Husain Alawi Husain and three other individuals, (2) violations of the rights to life, liberty and security of person, freedom from torture and ill-treatment, and right to a fair trial of Maher Abbas Yousef al-Khabbaz, and (3) cruel and degrading treatment of Nabeel Rajab at Jau Prison.
A
Answered on: 10 December 2018

The British Government takes note of a number of sources of information on these issues; including publications by the United Nations. 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.

The noble Lord will recall that the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, Alistair Burt, expressed his concerns on the sentence given to Mr Rajab in his written statement of 21 February. He also reiterated the UK's call for Bahrain to protect freedom of expression for all its citizens, in line with international obligations. Our Embassy in Bahrain has closely monitored the trials of Mr Rajab and officials regularly attend Mr Rajab's court hearings, including the handing down of the latest appeal verdict. We have raised the case at senior levels as part of the UK's ongoing open dialogue with Bahrain. I am aware that there is now an opportunity for Mr Rajab's legal team to apply for an appeal through the judicial system. My officials will continue to monitor the case closely.

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: 26 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Political Prisoners
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 19 November (HL11287), when, and with whom, the cases of female political prisoners Hajer Mansoor Hassan, Medina Ali and Najah Yusuf were last raised with a member of the government of Bahrain.
A
Answered on: 10 December 2018

You will know from previous correspondence that 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 have 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 appropriate oversight body. We urge these oversight bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such claims. 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

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 26 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Political Prisoners
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Bahraini political prisoners Ali Hajji and Naji Fateel undertaking a hunger strike in order to access urgent medical care; and what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain to ensure inmates are treated in line with international standards.
A
Answered on: 10 December 2018

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. We continue to encourage the oversight bodies in Bahrain to carry out thorough and swift investigations into any such claims.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 26 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Capital Punishment
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 19 November (HL11288),  how many of the individuals currently on death row in Bahrain have been sentenced on political grounds; and what are the names of the three individuals who have completed the appeals process.
A
Answered on: 10 December 2018

We do not hold figures for the number of political prisoners in Bahrain. Details of individuals are a matter for the Government of Bahrain.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 26 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Political Prisoners
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 19 November (HL11289), why the allegations of mistreatment reported by Bahraini female political prisoners, Hajer Mansoor Hassan, Medina Ali and Najah Yusuf, by Isa Town prison authorities have not been reported under the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Torture and Mistreatment Reporting Guidance.
A
Answered on: 10 December 2018

We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report these to the appropriate oversight body. We urge these oversight bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such claims. We understand that the National Institution for Human Rights and the Ministry of Interior Ombudsman are aware of these cases and have been in direct contact with the three individuals.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 26 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Political Prisoners
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 19 November (HL11290), how the human rights impact and the effectiveness of the technical assistance programme to Bahrain is assessed if no figures are held for the number of political prisoners.
A
Answered on: 10 December 2018

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has provided numerous updates on its work in Bahrain in its annual Human Rights Reports. The UK has provided a range of technical assistance and will continue to support Bahrain to deliver its reform initiatives. Only by working with partners can we bring about the changes we would like to see.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 03 December 2018
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 the two individuals who were sentenced to death on 29 November on alleged terrorism-related charges; and whether any British officials attended their trial.
A
Answered on: 10 December 2018

​Officials from the British Embassy regularly attend court hearings of cases of interest to the UK. We continue to monitor the cases referred to in your question. 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: 03 December 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Nationality
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they had with the government of Bahrain about that government reportedly revoking the citizenship of 805 individuals since 2012; whether they consider there is a trend to the rate of revocations; and what assessment they made of any such trend.
A
Answered on: 10 December 2018

​I refer the Noble Lord to my answer to question HL11328 which reiterated our concerns on the revocation of nationality where this leads to individuals becoming stateless. The Government of Bahrain are aware of our concerns on this matter and the British Government raises these concerns with them on a regular basis at all levels both in Manama and London. We will continue to do so.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 19 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Detainees
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 26 July 2017 (HL844 and HL845), 8 January (HL4425 and HL4427), 8 May (HL7180 and HL7183), 11 May (HL7811), 18 June (HL8316), 25 June (HL8576 and HL8577), 4 July (HL8871), 25 July (HL9605), 23 October (HL10580, HL10581, HL10582, HL10583, HL10584, and HL10585), and 5 November (HL10908, HL10909, HL10910, and HL10961), what assessment they have made of the UN Committee against Torture’s concluding remarks on the second and third periodic reports of Bahrain, published on 29 May 2017, and its concerns that the Bahraini bodies to which people may file complaints about torture or ill-treatment are “not independent”, have “little or no effect”, and provide “negligible information regarding the outcome of their activities”; and, in the light of those concerns, why they “encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report these to the relevant human rights oversight bodies”.
A
Answered on: 03 December 2018

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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(Coventry South)
[N]
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Asked on: 28 November 2018
Ministry of Defence
Military Aid: Drugs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in which countries British armed forces are deployed in operations to tackle the illegal drugs trade.
A
Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 03 December 2018

Defence supports the UK Government and international efforts to tackle the threat from illicit drugs. Our main efforts are focused on seizure and disruption of illicit narcotics on the high seas. All Royal Navy ships conduct maritime security tasks while on operations and transiting between ports. This includes counter narcotics, counter piracy, and anti people smuggling and human trafficking.

The Royal Navy is involved in multinational counter-narcotic operations primarily in the Caribbean and Indian Ocean. The Royal Fleet Auxiliary also operates with US and other international partners to stem the flow of drugs from Latin America through the Caribbean, and across the Atlantic to UK and Europe.

At present RAF MOUNTS BAY is deployed to the Atlantic Patrol Task North and conducts counter narcotic operations as part of the deployment, generally outside the core hurricane period. In support of this task she routinely embarks a US Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment to assist.

The Royal Navy contributes to the Combined Maritime Force, headquartered in Bahrain, which promotes security, stability and prosperity across approximately 3.2 million square miles of international waters, encompassing some of the world's most important shipping lanes.

Last week HMS Dragon, a Royal Navy Type 45 Destroyer, interdicted 3,048kg of hashish from a dhow acting suspiciously in the Indian Ocean, along an area stretching from the Makran Coast to East Africa known as 'The Hash Highway.' HMS Dragon is part of the Royal Navy's commitment to the Combined Task Force 150 conducting operations in the wider Indian Ocean/North Arabian sea region.

Q
Asked by Thelma Walker
(Colne Valley)
Asked on: 21 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Human Rights
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Bahrain on human rights.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 28 November 2018

The UK and Bahrain enjoy an open dialogue where we are able to discuss a range of issues, including human rights. During my visit to Bahrain 26-28 October I had a range of bilateral meetings with Bahraini interlocutors and covered many issues, including human rights.

Q
(Hammersmith)
Asked on: 19 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Ali Rashed al-Asheeri
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Bahraini counterpart on the detention of former Bahraini MP Ali Rashed Al Asheeri.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 27 November 2018

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and our Embassy in Bahrain are monitoring the case of Ali Rashed Al Asheeri.

Q
(Hammersmith)
Asked on: 19 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Ali Hajji and Naji Fateel
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to his Bahraini counterpart on reports of acts of reprisal against Ali Hajji and Naji Fateel in Jau Prison, Bahrain since those cases were highlighted by British Parliamentarians.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 27 November 2018

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. We continue to encourage the oversight bodies in Bahrain to carry out thorough and swift investigations into any such claims.

Q
(Tooting)
Asked on: 13 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nabeel Rajab
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the validity of the case against Mr Nabeel Rajab; and what representations his Department has made to the Bahraini Government on Mr Rajab.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 21 November 2018

I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 23 October 2018 (PQ 180116).

The honourable member will recall that I expressed my concerns on the sentence given to Mr Rajab in my written statement of 21 February. I also reiterated the UK's call for Bahrain to protect freedom of expression for all its citizens, in line with international obligations.

Our Embassy in Bahrain has closely monitored the trials of Mr Rajab. Officials from the Embassy regularly attend Mr Rajab's court hearings, including the handing down of the latest appeal verdict. We have raised the case at senior levels as part of the UK's ongoing open dialogue with Bahrain. I am aware that there is now an opportunity for Mr Rajab's legal team to apply for an appeal through the judicial system. My officials will continue to monitor the case closely.

Q
(Oxford East)
Asked on: 15 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Human Rights
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment has been made of the implications for Government policy of the concerns expressed by the Committee on Civil and Political Rights on 4 July 2018, in relation to Sayed Ahmed Alwadei and other Bahraini individuals who have reportedly been subjected to reprisals connected to their work alongside the Human Rights Council of the UN.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 21 November 2018

We have received assurances from the Bahraini authorities that there have been no reprisals against the family members of Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei. We encourage those with concerns to report these to the appropriate Bahrain human rights oversight bodies. We urge these oversight bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such claims.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 06 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Najah Ahmed Yousif
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to Formula One to encourage it to abide by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, following the Bahraini court’s decision to uphold the three year sentence of political activist Najah Yusuf, for criticism of the Bahrain Grand Prix.
A
Answered on: 20 November 2018

Her Majesty’s Government has not had conversations with Formula One on the details of the case of Najah Yusuf. I would refer the Noble Lord to the recent statement made by the Bahraini Government advising that the charges and conviction had no relation to the Bahrain Grand Prix, a copy of which has been placed in the Library of the House.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 05 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Sheikh Ali Salman
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain about the life imprisonment of Bahrain's opposition leader, Sheikh Ali Salman.
A
Answered on: 19 November 2018

The noble Lord will have seen the statement on 4 November by the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa expressing our concerns on the latest sentence. The Minister also raised this with the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to London when they spoke on 5 November. We understand that Sheikh Ali Salman and his co-defendants have a further right of appeal. The UK will continue to closely monitor this process.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 05 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Capital Punishment
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of individuals on death row in Bahrain; and of those, how many they estimate have exhausted all legal remedies.
A
Answered on: 19 November 2018

We understand that there are currently 18 people who have been given capital sentences in Bahrain, with each at different stages in the appeals process. There are currently three individuals who have completed the appeals process.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 05 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Torture
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to Written Answer by the Minister of State for the Middle East on 11 January (120822), how many reports they received under their Torture and Mistreatment Reporting Guidance from their staff in Bahrain between December 2017 and October 2018; and what measures, if any, they have taken in response.
A
Answered on: 19 November 2018

No reports under the referred guidance were lodged by staff in Bahrain in the period December 2017 to October 2018.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 05 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Political Prisoners
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of political prisoners in Bahrain’s Isa Town prison.
A
Answered on: 19 November 2018

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

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 05 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Trials
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether British embassy staff in Manama are monitoring the trials of any individuals in Bahrain; and if so, how many they have monitored since the start of 2018.
A
Answered on: 19 November 2018

Officials from our Embassy regularly attend hearings relating to a number of cases and will continue to do so. We do not have precise figures of the number of times officials have attended court sessions.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 06 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Nationality
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made for the number of individuals whose Bahraini citizenship has been revoked by the government of Bahrain leaving them stateless so far this year.
A
Answered on: 19 November 2018

We have been clear in our concerns about the revocation of nationality where it renders a person stateless, and we have raised this at a senior level with the Government of Bahrain. We do not hold figures for the number of individuals affected in Bahrain.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 06 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Technical Assistance
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding they have provided the Bahraini Council of Representatives Secretariat from the technical assistance programme; what assessment they have made of the role of that body in the prevention of opposition parties from participating in the elections in May 2018; and, in the light of any such assessment, whether providing it with funding is consistent with the UK’s international obligations.
A
Answered on: 19 November 2018

​The Government works with a number of implementation partners and beneficiaries to support Bahraini-led reform. These programmes aim to support progress on building effective and accountable institutions, strengthening the rule of law, and justice reform. All of our work is in line with international standards, and aims to share the UK's expertise and experience. Any training provided by, on or behalf of, the British Government fully complies with our domestic and international human rights obligations. The UK continues to encourage the Government of Bahrain to ensure upcoming elections are transparent, fair and inclusive.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 06 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Gulf States: Technical Assistance
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government which Government departments received funding in the last financial year from the Integrated Activity Fund to carry out their technical assistance programmes in (1) the Gulf, and (2) Bahrain.
A
Answered on: 19 November 2018

​Amongst the range of activities supported through the Integrated Activity Fund, there is one technical assistance programme, which is in Bahrain and is managed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Q
Asked by Karen Lee
(Lincoln)
Asked on: 05 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Political Prisoners
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps have been taken to help ensure that Bahraini female political prisoners Hajer Mansoor, Medina Ali, and Najah Yusuf will be protected from reprisals when their case is raised at the (a) UK Parliament and (b) United Nations.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 15 November 2018

The Honourable Lady will be aware from previous answers to questions and from my reply to the Westminster Hall Debate on 11 September that our Embassy in Bahrain and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office continue to monitor the cases of Hajer Mansoor, Najah Ahmed Yusuf and Medina Ali and that we have raised the cases 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 urge these oversight bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such claims. 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.

Q
Asked by Karen Lee
(Lincoln)
Asked on: 05 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Political Prisoners
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to authorities in Bahrain on the restrictions on (a) phone calls, (b) family visits and (c) allocated time outside the cell imposed on female political prisoners in Isa Town Prison.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 15 November 2018

I refer the Honourable Lady to the answer I gave to question 188257. 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 have raised the cases 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 urge these oversight bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such claims. 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.

Q
(Huddersfield)
Asked on: 09 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Political Prisoners and Torture
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many political prisoners there are in Bahrain; and how many people who have been found to have administered torture have been tried and imprisoned.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 15 November 2018

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

The United Kingdom encourages those with concerns about treatment in detention to report them to the appropriate oversight body. We also encourage the oversight body to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such reports.

The oversight bodies issue statistics on their investigations in public statements and reports. Such reports are available on the oversight websites. The UK does not hold figures for those prosecuted as a result of investigations.

Q
(Huddersfield)
Asked on: 09 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nabeel Rajab
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Bahraini Government for the release of Nabeel Rajab.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 15 November 2018

I refer the Hon. Gentlemen to the answer I gave to question 180116 on 23 October. Our Embassy in Bahrain has closely monitored the trials of Mr Rajab. We have raised the case at senior levels as part of the UK's ongoing open dialogue with Bahrain.

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Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
[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: 06 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Ali Salman
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 15 June 2018 to Question 152848 on Ali Salman, what assessment his Department has made of potential extent of due process violations during the prosecution of the case of Bahraini political opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 12 November 2018

The Rt Hon. member will have seen my statement of 4 November where I expressed my concerns on the further sentencing of Sheikh Ali Salman. I understand that he now has a further opportunity of appeal.

The UK has raised this case at senior levels with the Government of Bahrain. Most recently, I discussed my concerns on the sentencing with the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the UK on 5 November. We will continue to closely monitor the case.

Q
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: 06 November 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Ali Salman
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the validity of the reported statement by the Government of Qatar denying communications with Bahraini political opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 12 November 2018

The Rt Hon. member will have seen my statement of 4 November where I expressed my concerns on the further sentencing of Sheikh Ali Salman. I understand that he now has a further opportunity of appeal.

The UK has raised this case at senior levels with the Government of Bahrain. Most recently, I discussed my concerns on the sentencing with the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the Court of St James’ on 5 November. We will continue to closely monitor the case as it makes its way through the judicial system. Should we have concerns we will raise them at an appropriately senior level with the Government of Bahrain.

It would be inappropriate for me to comment on statements by the State of Qatar concerning the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Q
Asked by Karen Lee
(Lincoln)
Asked on: 31 October 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Administration of Justice
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Special Investigation Unit in Bahrain receives training from organisations funded by the UK Government.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 06 November 2018

​The Government works with a number of implementation partners and beneficiaries to support Bahraini-led reform. These programmes aim to support progress on building effective and accountable institutions, strengthening the rule of law, and justice reform. All of our work is in line with international standards, and aims to share the UK's expertise and experience. Any training provided by, or on behalf of, the British Government fully complies with our domestic and international human rights obligations. As many projects and programme activities deliver across the region, it is not possible to provide a breakdown according to each beneficiary state.

Q
Asked by Karen Lee
(Lincoln)
Asked on: 31 October 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Maher Al-Khabbaz
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the case of Bahraini death row inmate and torture victim Maher Al-Khabbaz has been recorded in line with his Department's torture and mistreatment reporting guidance.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 06 November 2018

​The Foreign and Commonwealth Office registers details of alleged torture whenever this comes to the attention of a UK official in the course of their duties, in line with the UK Torture and Mistreatment Reporting Guidance.

We continue to follow the case of Maher al-Khabbaz and, where we have concerns, we raise them at a senior level with the Government of Bahrain.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 22 October 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Political Prisoners
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the relevant oversight bodies in Bahrain to encourage them to disclose updates on their investigations into the torture allegations presented by Mohammed Ramadan and Husain Moosa.
A
Answered on: 05 November 2018

​We welcome the investigation and recommendation of the Special Investigations Unit and the subsequent decision of the Minister of Justice to refer the cases of Mohamed Ramadan and Husain Moosa back to the Court of Cassation for retrial. Both the recommendation and decision have been made available in the public domain. We will continue to closely monitor these cases.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 22 October 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Political Prisoners
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether officials from the British Embassy in Manama will attend the retrial of political prisoners Mohammed Ramadan and Husain Moosa on 22 October.
A
Answered on: 05 November 2018

Officials from the British Embassy regularly attend court hearings of cases of interest to the UK. We will continue to monitor the cases of Mohamed Ramadan and Husain Ali Moosa closely.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 22 October 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Maher al-Khabbaz
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain about the failure of Bahrain’s Special Investigations Unit to investigate the (1) allegations of torture on, and (2) use of coerced confessions from political prisoner Maher Abbas al-Khabbaz.
A
Answered on: 05 November 2018

​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 bodies. We urge these bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 22 October 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Political Prisoners
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the response provided by the Bahrain Ombudsman on 18 October to the complaint submitted by Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei on 27 September about the (1) assault, and (2) restrictive measure imposed on female political prisoners Hajer Mansoor, Medina Ali and Najah Yusuf by Isa Town prison authorities.
A
Answered on: 05 November 2018

​I am aware of the response provided by the Bahrain Ministry of Interior Ombudsman's Office as part of their investigations into claims submitted by Sayed Alwadaei. I also understand there is further correspondence between the Ombudsman's Office and Mr Alwadaei regarding this investigation. The UK continues to encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report these to the relevant human rights oversight bodies. We urge these bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations, as appears to be the case in this instance.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 22 October 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Political Prisoners
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the hunger strike by female activists Hajer Mansoor, Medina Ali and Najah Yusuf to protest the restrictions on phone calls, family visits and free time outside the cell imposed by the Isa Town Prison administration in Bahrain; and what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain to ensure inmates are treated in line with international standards.
A
Answered on: 05 November 2018

​I am aware of the protests Hajer Mansoor, Medina Ali and Najah Yusuf have initiated in Bahrain. The UK continues to encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report these to the relevant human rights oversight bodies. We urge these bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations.

I understand that family members of Mrs Mansoor have been in direct contact with the oversight bodies. I am aware that the National Institution for Human Rights have also recently carried out an inspection of Isa Town Detention Facility.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 23 October 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Hassan Mushaima
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for the Middle East on 11 October (HC174027), what assessment they have made of the treatment of political prisoner Hassan Mushaima in Bahrain following the cancellation of medical appointments and family visits; and whether they will make representations to the government of Bahrain about her treatment.
A
Answered on: 05 November 2018

The noble Lord will know that the British 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. As the Minister for the Middle East and I have made clear in answers to questions tabled in this House and the other place, the Government of Bahrain have given categorical assurances that Mr Mushaima and others detained in Bahrain have access to medical care as needed. The Government of Bahrain have also been clear that family visits, within the prison rules and regulations are permitted. I understand that Mr Mushaima has recently received a family visit.

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

Q
(Liverpool, Riverside)
[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: 30 October 2018
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 his Bahraini counterpart on human rights violations in that country; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 05 November 2018

The UK and Bahrain enjoy an open dialogue where we are able to discuss a range of issues, including human rights.

During my visit to Bahrain 26-28 October I had a range of bilateral meetings with Bahraini interlocutors and covered many issues, including human rights.

Asked on: 23 October 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Human Rights
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last discussed human rights violations in (1) Bahrain; (2) Cameroon; (3) Eritrea; and (4) the Philippines with the respective governments of those countries.
A
Answered on: 02 November 2018

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. Where we have concerns on specific issues we raise these with the Bahraini authorities through various channels, including the bi-annual UK-Bahrain Joint Working Group co-chaired by the Minister for the Middle East and his Bahraini opposite number. The last of which was held on 19 July 2018.

The British High Commissioner met the Minister of Interior of Cameroon on 25 July 2018 and discussed human rights in Cameroon.

The Minister for Africa raised human rights in Eritrea with the Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh Mohammed when they met in New York on 25 September 2018.

The Minister for Asia and the Pacific raised concerns about the human rights situation in the Philippines with the Philippines Government during his trip to Manila on 16-17 August 2018.

Q
(Knowsley)
Asked on: 25 October 2018
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; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 02 November 2018

The UK has an open dialogue with the Government of Bahrain on a range of issues, including human rights. We do not hold figures for the number of prisoners in Bahrain.

Q
(Knowsley)
Asked on: 25 October 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Detainees
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of incidents involving Bahraini security forces torturing detainees in each year for which information is available; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 02 November 2018

The UK has an open dialogue with the Government of Bahrain on a range of issues, including human rights. Bahrain has a number of human rights oversight bodies which investigate allegations of mistreatment and human rights abuse, including the Ministry of Interior Ombudsman and the Special Investigations Unit. These bodies regularly release reports with figures on the number of allegations they have investigated. We continue to encourage anybody with concerns about treatment in detention to report them to the appropriate oversight body. We also encourage the oversight bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such claims.

Q
(Knowsley)
Asked on: 25 October 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Detainees
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has recently raised the subject of the rape of female detainees in Bahrain with his Bahraini counterparts; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 02 November 2018

I refer the hon. Member to answer of 23 October 2018 (PQ 180115). The UK has an open dialogue with the Government of Bahrain which allows us to raise issues of concern at a senior level both in London and Manama. Where we have been made aware of allegations we raise them in accordance with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's guidance on reporting such allegations. We continue to encourage anybody with concerns about treatment in detention to report them to the appropriate oversight body. We also encourage the oversight bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such claims.

Q
(Knowsley)
Asked on: 25 October 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Political Prisoners
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Report of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry, published in 2011, whether he has raised the issue of releasing detained political leaders with the Bahraini authorities since the publication of that report.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 02 November 2018

The British Embassy in Bahrain and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office continue to monitor events in Bahrain closely. The UK has an open dialogue with the Government of Bahrain which allows us to raise issues of concern at a senior level both in London and Manama. This dialogue covers all aspects of the UK-Bahrain relationship including human rights.

Q
(Brighton, Kemptown)
Asked on: 24 October 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Political Prisoners
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will ensure that a UK Government trial monitor is present at each hearing of the retrial of Mohamed Ramadhan and Husain Moosa in Bahrain.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 01 November 2018

Officials from the British Embassy regularly attend court hearings of cases of interest to the UK. We will continue to monitor the cases of Mohamed Ramadan and Husain Ali Moosa closely.

Q
(Hammersmith)
Asked on: 24 October 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Political Prisoners
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will ensure that there is a UK Government trial monitoring presence at each hearing of the retrial of Mohamed Ramadhan and Husain Moosa in Bahrain.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 01 November 2018

Officials from the British Embassy regularly attend court hearings of cases of interest to the UK. We will continue to monitor the cases of Mohamed Ramadan and Husain Ali Moosa closely.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 10 October 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Prisons
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the research conducted by Amnesty International Continuing Lack of Adequate Medical Care in Bahrain's Prisons, published on 28 September, which found that 11 political prisoners suffering from serious medical conditions were deliberately denied treatment and that oversight bodies repeatedly failed to provide effective protection or remedy in cases of human rights violations.
A
Answered on: 23 October 2018

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office notes the report by Amnesty International published on 28 September. We continue to closely monitor events in Bahrain and where we have concerns, including on prison conditions, we raise them with the Bahraini authorities.

We continue to encourage the oversight bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such claims.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 10 October 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Ali Hajji
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the most recent representations they have made concerning the health of Bahraini political prisoner Ali Hajji; and what assessment they have made of the investigation of his case by oversight bodies.
A
Answered on: 23 October 2018

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and our Embassy in Bahrain continue to monitor the case of Ali Hajji and have raised it 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
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 10 October 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Elias Faisal Al-Mulla
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent representations they have made about the case of Bahraini prisoner Elyas Al-Mulla, following research conducted by Amnesty International Continuing Lack of Adequate Medical Care in Bahrain's Prisons, published on 28 September.
A
Answered on: 23 October 2018

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office notes the report by Amnesty International published on 28 September. We continue to closely monitor events in Bahrain and where we have concerns, including on prison conditions, we raise them with the Bahraini authorities.

We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to raise them with the appropriate Bahraini human rights oversight body.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 10 October 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Political Prisoners
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the investigation conducted by the National Institute for Human Rights in Bahrain which denies the reported assault against female activists Hajer Mansoor, Najah Yusuf and Medina Ali; and what steps, if any, they have taken to ensure the wellbeing of those activists.
A
Answered on: 23 October 2018

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 have raised the cases at a senior level with the Government of Bahrain.

We understand family members of Ms Mansoor have been in direct contact with the oversight bodies. The UK continues to encourage the oversight bodies in Bahrain to carry out thorough and swift investigations into any concerns about treatment in detention raised with them.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 10 October 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Political Prisoners
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement issued by Bahraini political prisoners Hajer Mansoor, Medina Ali and Najah Yusuf in relation to the restrictions that have been imposed by the prison administration and Major Mariam Albardoli; and how they intend to respond to those women’s call for international intervention in their case.
A
Answered on: 23 October 2018

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 have raised the cases 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 urge these oversight bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such claims. 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.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 10 October 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Political Prisoners
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reported rape of Bahraini female activists Ebtisam Alsaegh and Najah Yusuf by members of Bahrain’s National Security Agency.
A
Answered on: 23 October 2018

I refer the noble Lord to the answer I gave to Question HL844 on 26 July, when the allegations from Ebtisam Alsaegh were first made.

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

Q
(North West Norfolk)
Asked on: 16 October 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Detainees
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times the Government has raised with the Bahraini authorities the issue of Bahraini female detainees being raped whilst imprisoned.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 23 October 2018

The UK has an open dialogue with the Government of Bahrain which allows us to raise issues of concern at a senior level both in London and Manama. Where we have been made aware of allegations we raise them in accordance with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's guidance on reporting such allegations.

We continue to encourage anybody with concerns about treatment in detention to report them to the appropriate oversight body. We also encourage the oversight bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such claims.

Q
(North West Norfolk)
Asked on: 16 October 2018
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 the Bahraini authorities on the release of Nabeel Rajab.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 23 October 2018

The honorable member will recall that I expressed my concerns on the sentence given to Mr Rajab in my written statement of 21 February. I also reiterated the UK's call for Bahrain to protect freedom of expression for all its citizens, in line with international obligations.

The British Embassy in Bahrain has closely monitored the trials of Mr Rajab. Officials from the Embassy regularly attend Mr Rajab's court hearings, including the handing down of the latest appeal verdict. We have raised the case at senior levels as part of the UK's ongoing open dialogue with Bahrain. I am aware that there is now an opportunity for Mr Rajab's legal team to apply for an appeal through the judicial system. My officials will continue to monitor the case closely.

Q
Asked by Wera Hobhouse
(Bath)
Asked on: 10 October 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Prisons
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the prison conditions experienced in Bahrain.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 17 October 2018

The British Government monitors events in Bahrain closely. Where we have concerns on specific issues, including prison conditions, we raise these with the Bahraini authorities. We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report these to the relevant human rights oversight bodies.

Q
Asked by Wera Hobhouse
(Bath)
Asked on: 11 October 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Hassan Mushaima
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Bahrainan counterpart on the case of the imprisonment of Mr. Hassan Mushiema in that country.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 17 October 2018

I refer the honourable lady to the answer I gave to question 174028 on 11 October and in my response to the Westminster Hall Debate of 11 September.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the British Embassy in Bahrain continue to monitor the case of Hassan Mushaima closely and should we have concerns we will raise them with the Government of Bahrain as we have already done.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 01 October 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Technical Assistance
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review suspending investment in Bahrain through the Integrated Activity Fund.
A
Answered on: 15 October 2018

​The Intergrated Activity Fund is not an investment fund. The technical assistance that we provide to Bahrain supports the building of effective and accountable institutions, including strengthening the rule of law and police and judicial reform. Government programmes are regularly reviewed to ensure that they continue to offer value for money and are delivering UK objectives.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 01 October 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Technical Assistance
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether human rights risk assessments are required to be made before funds are provided under the Integrated Activity Fund (IAF); whether any such assessments were made before funding was provided to Bahrain under the IAF; if so, whether any such assessment will be made public; and if not, why not.
A
Answered on: 15 October 2018

​The UK has been providing a range of technical and practical assistance to the Government of Bahrain since 2012 in support of its reform programme. Each programme and project funded by the British Government goes through a rigorous compliance process before commencement. The content of this process is not disclosed, as we have stated in previous replies to Freedom of Information requests. Any training provided by or on behalf of the British Government complies with our domestic and international human rights obligations.

Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 12 September 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Hassan Mushaima
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to the Government of Bahrain on the refusal by Jau prison authorities to allow political prisoner Hassan Mushaima access to (a) a diabetes specialist, (b) regular family visits and (c) books and personal notes; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 11 October 2018

As I said in my response to the debate in Westminster Hall on 11 September, the Government of Bahrain have released a detailed public statement regarding the access to healthcare that Mr Mushaima has received since he has been in detention, and we have received categorical assurances that, in his case and others, there is and has been access to appropriate medical care while in detention. We have also received similar assurances regarding visitation rights and access to reading and writing materials.

Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 12 September 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Hassan Mushaima
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether officials of his Department have met Ali Mushaima to discuss making representations to the Government of Bahrain on the refusal by Jau prison authorities to allow political prisoner Hassan Mushaima access to (a) a diabetes specialist, (b) family visits and (c) books and personal notes; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 11 October 2018

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office have replied to queries raised by Ali Mushaima.

As I said in my response to the debate in Westminster Hall on 11 September, the Government of Bahrain have released a detailed public statement regarding the access to healthcare that Mr Hassan Mushaima has received since he has been in detention, and we have received categorical assurances that, in his case and others, there is and has been access to appropriate medical care while in detention. We have also received similar assurances regarding visitation rights and access to reading and writing materials.

Q
Asked by Matt Western
(Warwick and Leamington)
[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: 08 October 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Hassan Mushaima
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Bahrain to ensure that Hassan Mushaima (a) receives adequate medical care in line with the UN's Nelson Mandela Rules, (b) is granted family visitation rights, (c) is granted access to reading materials.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 11 October 2018

​As I said in my response to the debate in Westminster Hall on 11 September, the Government of Bahrain have released a detailed public statement regarding the access to healthcare that Mr Mushaima has received since he has been in detention, and we have received categorical assurances that, in his case and others, there is and has been access to appropriate medical care while in detention. We have also received similar assurances regarding visitation rights and access to reading and writing materials.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 11 September 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Political Prisoners
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made, or intend to make, to the government of Bahrain about reports that the political prisoners Hajer Mansoor, Medina Ali and Najah Ahmed Yusuf are suffering in their cells from second-hand smoke and are banned from taking part in activities related to the Muharram religious festival; and, following any such representations, what assurances they have received that they will be moved to another cell and allowed to observe Muharram fully.
A
Answered on: 25 September 2018

Our Embassy in Bahrain and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office continue to monitor the case of Hajer Mansoor, Medina Ali and Najah Ahmed Yusuf. We have raised the cases at a senior level with the Government of Bahrain.

We understand family members of Mrs Mansoor have been in direct contact with the oversight bodies. The UK continues to encourage the oversight bodies in Bahrain to carry out thorough and swift investigations into any claims of mistreatment or other concerns about treatment in detention.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 11 September 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Hassan Mushaima
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement issued by the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy on 10 September in relation to the investigation conducted by the Bahraini Ombudsman into the case of political prisoner Hassan Mushaima.
A
Answered on: 25 September 2018

​The Foreign and Commonwealth Office notes the statement issued by the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy on 10 September. As the Minister for the Middle East (Mr Burt) made clear in his response to a debate in the other place on 11 September, the Government of Bahrain have released a detailed public statement regarding the access to healthcare that Mr Mushaima has received since he has been in detention, and we have received categorical assurances that, in his case and others, there is and has been access to appropriate medical care while in detention. We have also received similar assurances regarding visitation rights and access to reading and writing materials.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 11 September 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Ali Hajji
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain about the Bahraini Ombudsman’s failure to ensure that political prisoner, Ali Hajji, has access to (1) family visits without a glass barrier; and (2) adequate medical care, following his hunger strike in response to his treatment in prison.
A
Answered on: 25 September 2018

​The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and our Embassy in Bahrain continue to closely monitor the case of Ali Hajji and have raise it with the Government of Bahrain. We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to raised 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: 11 September 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Human Rights
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to make any public condemnation of the human rights abuses taking place in Bahrain during the current session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
A
Answered on: 25 September 2018

We do not currently plan to refer to Bahrain at the current session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

As the Minister for the Middle East (Mr Burt) made clear in his response to a debate in the other place on 11 September, 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. We do so publicly, but more often do so in private discussions.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 11 September 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Human Rights
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the remarks made in the opening statement of the 39th session of the Human Rights Council by the High Commissioner for Human Rights on 10 September in relation to Bahrain; and whether they will join her call for Bahrain to release human rights defenders who are detained including Nabeel Rajab.
A
Answered on: 25 September 2018

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office notes the remarks made by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in her opening statement on 10 September. The Minister for the Middle East (Mr Burt) expressed his concerns on the five year sentence handed to Mr Rajab in his written statement of 21 February. We understand there is now an opportunity for Mr Rajab's legal team to apply for an appeal through the judicial system, and our officials will continue to monitor the case closely.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 11 September 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: UN Human Rights Council
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to support Bahrain’s candidacy for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council in October.
A
Answered on: 25 September 2018

​It is a longstanding policy of successive governments not to release the voting intentions of the United Kingdom at United Nations elections.

Q
(Brighton, Kemptown)
Asked on: 03 September 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Hassan Mushaima
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent diplomatic steps his Department has made to secure the release from prison in Bahrain of Hassan Mushaima.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 11 September 2018

​The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and our Embassy in Bahrain have raised the case of Hassan Mushaima with the Bahraini authorities at senior levels. His imprisonment is a matter for the Bahraini authorities.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.

Q
(Brighton, Kemptown)
Asked on: 03 September 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Hassan Mushaima
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 18 July 2018 to Question 163627 on Hassan Mushiama, in what form the encouragement to the Bahraini government has taken place.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 11 September 2018

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and our Embassy in Bahrain have raised the case of Hassan Musaima with the Bahraini authorities at senior levels. 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 use this close relationship to encourage Bahrain on a number of issues.

Q
(Huddersfield)
Asked on: 03 September 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Hassan Mushaima
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to the Bahraini embassy on the detention of Hassan Mushaima in Bahrain; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 11 September 2018

​The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and our Embassy in Bahrain have raised the case of Hassan Mushaima with the Bahraini authorities at senior levels.

Q
Asked by Eleanor Smith
(Wolverhampton South West)
Asked on: 03 September 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Hassan Mushaima
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his department will make representations to the Bahraini Government (a) to enable Hassan Mushaima to receive his full list of medications and (b) on making adaptions to his detention condition.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 11 September 2018

​The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and our Embassy in Bahrain have raised the case of Hassan Mushaima with the Bahraini authorities at senior levels. The Bahraini authorities have assured us that Mr Mushaima has access to his medication and medical facilities. We continue to encourage those with concerns to report them to the appropriate human rights oversight body. We also continue to encourage the oversight bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such claims.

Q
Asked by Eleanor Smith
(Wolverhampton South West)
Asked on: 03 September 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Hassan Mushaima
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department is having discussions with the Bahraini Government on seeking the release of Hassan Mushaima on a humanitarian basis; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 11 September 2018

​The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and our Embassy in Bahrain have raised the case of Hassan Mushaima with the Bahraini authorities at senior levels. The Bahraini authorities have assured us that Mr Mushaima has access to his medication and medical facilities. We continue to encourage those with concerns to report them to the appropriate human rights oversight body. We also continue to encourage the oversight bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such claims.

Q
Asked by Ian Austin
(Dudley North)
Asked on: 03 September 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Political Prisoners
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the Bahraini Government’s treatment of political prisoners.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 11 September 2018

​The British Government monitors events in Bahrain closely. Where we have concerns on specific issues, including prison conditions, we raise these with the Bahraini authorities. We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report these to the relevant human rights oversight bodies.

Q
Asked by Ian Austin
(Dudley North)
Asked on: 03 September 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Political Prisoners
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic steps he is taking to tackle the Bahraini Government's treatment of political prisoners.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 11 September 2018

​The British Government monitors events in Bahrain closely. Where we have concerns on specific issues, including prison conditions, we raise these with the Bahraini authorities. We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report these to the relevant human rights oversight bodies.

Q
Asked by Toby Perkins
(Chesterfield)
Asked on: 04 September 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Hassan Mushaima
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has classified Mr Hasan Mushaima as a prisoner of conscience.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 11 September 2018

​The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and our Embassy in Bahrain continue to follow the case of Hasan Mushaima closely. The UK understands that Mr Mushaima has been tried and found guilty by a court of law and has exhausted his rights of appeal under the constitution of his home country.

Q
Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 24 July 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Abduljalil Abdulla al-Singace
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to the Government of Bahrain on the refusal by Jau prison authorities to allow Bahraini academic Dr Abduljalil Al-Singace to attend a medical appointment; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 07 September 2018

​We have raised the case of Dr Al Singace with the Bahraini authorities at a senior level and continue to closely monitor the case. The UK encourages those with concerns about treatment in detention to report these to the relevant human rights oversight bodies. We urge those bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations. The UK continues to encourage the Government of Bahrain to deliver on its international and domestic human rights commitments.

Q
(Sheffield Central)
Asked on: 03 September 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Politics and Government
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Bahraini Government to remove restrictions on the activities of civil society and to end politically motivated prosecutions.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 07 September 2018

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. Where we have concerns we continue to raise them at a senior level.

Q
Asked by Matt Western
(Warwick and Leamington)
[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 September 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Hassan Mushaima
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Government of Bahrain on the political imprisonment of Hassan Mushaima and alleged abuses of his human rights during his imprisonment.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 06 September 2018

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the British Embassy in Bahrain have raised the case of Hassan Musaima with the Bahraini authorities at senior levels. The Bahraini authorities have assured us that Mr Mushaima has access to his medication and medical facilities. We continue to encourage those with concerns to report them to the appropriate human rights oversight body. We also continue to encourage the oversight bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such claims.

Q
Asked by Emma Reynolds
(Wolverhampton North 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: 03 September 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Human Rights
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of (a) human rights in Bahrain, (b) standards in Bahrain's prisons and (c) Bahrain's compliance with the United Nations Charter of Human Rights; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 06 September 2018

Bahrain is a Human Rights Priority Country and as such is included our 2017 Annual Human Rights Report. 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. Where we have concerns on specific issues, including prison conditions, we raise these with the Bahraini authorities. We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report these to the relevant human rights oversight bodies. We encourage the Government of Bahrain to deliver on its international and domestic human rights commitments.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 23 July 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Abduljalil Abdulla al-Singace
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 4 July (HL8871), why they will not disclose the exact date in which they last discussed the case of inmate Dr Abduljalil Al-Singace with authorities in Bahrain.
A
Answered on: 03 August 2018

Our Embassy in Bahrain and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office continue to monitor the case of Dr Al-Singace and have raised it with the Government of Bahrain at senior levels. We do not believe it is appropriate to disclose details of discussions on individual cases.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 23 July 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Hajer Mansoor Hassan
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain in relation to the failure of their oversight bodies to conduct swift investigations into the case of female political prisoner Hajer Mansoor Hassan.
A
Answered on: 03 August 2018

Our Embassy in Bahrain and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office continue to monitor the case of Mrs Mansoor. We have raised the case at senior levels with the Government of Bahrain.

We understand family members of Mrs Mansoor have been in direct contact with the oversight bodies. The UK continues to urge the oversight bodies in Bahrain to carry out thorough and swift investigations into any claims of mistreatment or other concerns about treatment in detention.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 18 July 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: UN Human Rights Council
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the concerns expressed by Olivier de Frouville at the meeting of the UN Human Rights Council on 4 July about alleged reprisals against Bahraini activists attending Human Rights Council sessions, including Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei.
A
Answered on: 01 August 2018

The UK will continue to engage the Government of Bahrain on its reform agenda. If we have concerns about human rights, including alleged reprisals, we will continue to raise them at an appropriate level, both in private and in public.

We have received assurances from the Bahraini authorities that there have been no reprisals against the family members of Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei. We understand that he has been able to continue with his work in the UK.

We encourage those with concerns about any form of mistreatment to report these to the appropriate oversight body. We urge these oversight bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such claims.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 17 July 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Hajer Mansoor Hassan
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make any representations to the Bahraini authorities in relation to the targeting of Hajer Mansoor Hassan by the head of Bahrain’s Isa Town Prison, Major Maryam Albardoli, following the engagement of her son-in-law, Sayed Alwadaei, with the UN and the UK Parliament.
A
Answered on: 31 July 2018

​We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report these to the appropriate oversight body in Bahrain. We urge these oversight bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such claims. We understand that the National Institution for Human Rights and the Ministry of Interior Ombudsman are aware of this case and are monitoring the situation, and have been in touch with Ms Mansoor. We have raised the case with the Government of Bahrain and continue to monitor the situation.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 17 July 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Political Prisoners
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the reports of the deterioration of prison conditions for female political inmates in Bahrain’s Isa Town Detention Centre.
A
Answered on: 25 July 2018

The Government monitors events in Bahrain closely. Where we have concerns on specific issues, including prison conditions, we raise these with the Bahraini authorities. We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report these to the relevant human rights oversight bodies. We encourage the Government of Bahrain to deliver on its international and domestic human rights commitments.

Q
Asked by Wera Hobhouse
(Bath)
[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: 18 July 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Technical Assistance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that the delivery of technical assistance to Bahrain is conditional on that country upholding human rights.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 23 July 2018

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is funding programmes to support building effective and accountable public and judicial institutions in Bahrain.

Any training provided by, or on behalf of, the British Government fully complies with our domestic and international human rights obligations. Only by working with partners can we bring about the changes we would like to see.

The Government monitors events in Bahrain closely if we have concerns on specific issues, we will raise these with the Bahraini authorities.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 10 July 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Technical Assistance
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 9 July (HL8932), whether they had the same duty to maintain the confidence and confidentiality of their partners between 2013 and 2016 as now; and if so, why they released details about the implementers and beneficiaries of UK technical assistance in Bahrain in 2013–14, 2014–15 and 2015–16 but can not release such details for 2017–18.
A
Answered on: 19 July 2018

Decisions to release information related to any Government activity are taken according to the current context and on a case by case basis. The disclosure of information for the years mentioned was appropriate at the time.

Q
Asked by Karen Lee
(Lincoln)
Asked on: 12 July 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Hassan Mushaima
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations have been made to the Government of Bahrain on the denial of access to adequate medical treatment of imprisoned Bahraini political leader Hassan Mushaima.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 18 July 2018

We have raised the case of Hasan Mushaima at a senior level. The UK encourages those with concerns about treatment in detention to report these to the relevant human rights oversight bodies. We urge those bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations. The UK continues to encourage the Government of Bahrain to deliver on its international and domestic human rights commitments.

Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 05 July 2018
Department for International Trade
UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the Defence and Security Organisation core markets are for 2018-19; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Graham Stuart
Answered on: 12 July 2018

The Department for International Trade, Defence and Security Organisation has identified the following core markets for 2018-19 with defence and security opportunities:

Australia
Austria
Bahrain
Belgium
Canada
France
Germany
India
Indonesia
Italy (lead for Mediterranean Defence Network Defence includes Spain & Portugal)
Japan
Kuwait
Latin America (Columbia, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Panama, Argentina, Mexico)
Malaysia
New Zealand
Netherlands
North Africa (Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt)
Oman
Philippines
Poland (within Central European Network and including Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria)
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
South Korea
Southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Angola)
Sweden (lead for Nordic Baltic Network including Finland, Norway, Denmark, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia)
Switzerland
Thailand
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
United States of America

Q
(Carmarthen East and Dinefwr)
Asked on: 05 July 2018
Department for International Trade
Visits Abroad: Gulf States
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whom he met during his visit of 26-28 May 2018 to Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
A
Answered by: Graham Stuart
Answered on: 12 July 2018

My Rt. Hon Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade visited Bahrain and UAE in order to promote UK trade and investment as we prepare to leave the EU, and to demonstrate the UK’s commitment to partner with them on their ambitious diversification plans, with the UAE being the UK’s 4th largest export partner outside of the EU.


In Bahrain, the Secretary of State met with HRH the Crown Prince of Bahrain, the Prime Minister, the Minister for Transport and Telecommunications, the Minister for Oil, and the Minister for Industry, Commerce and Tourism. He also met with Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund Mumtalakat.


In the UAE, the Secretary of State met with HRH the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, Mubadala Investment Company, and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority.

Q
(Islington South and Finsbury)
Asked on: 02 July 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Torture
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to urge the Bahraini regime to allow the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture immediate, unrestricted and continued access to the country.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 10 July 2018

As part of our continuing open dialogue, we encourage Bahrain, and more than 100 other countries, to ratify the Optional Convention Against Torture, and to improve their relationship with the various bodies of the UN system.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 25 June 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Technical Assistance
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 18 June (HL8314), what has changed since the disclosure of details about the implementers and beneficiaries of UK technical assistance in Bahrain for 2013–14, 2014–15 and 2015–16 following Freedom of Information requests which prevents them disclosing similar details for 2017–18; and what impact their inability to disclose such details has on the transparency of their support for Bahrain.
A
Answered on: 09 July 2018

The UK has been providing a range of technical and practical assistance to the Government of Bahrain since 2012, in support of its reform programme. Technical assistance continues to support the building of effective and accountable institutions, strengthening the rule of law, and police and justice reform. As I outlined in my answer to the recent questions HL7775 and HL8315, we have a duty to maintain the confidence and confidentiality of our partners. All of our work is in line with international standards and the Government's requirements on transparency. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has provided numerous updates on its programme work in its annual Human Rights Reports.

Q
Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 25 June 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Najah Ahmed Yousif
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmed of Wimbledon on 25 June (HL8518), whether have they have filed the case of Najah Ahmed Yousif under the UK Torture and Mistreatment Reporting Guidance now that they have been made aware of the case, regardless of whether other individuals go to the appropriate oversight body.
A
Answered on: 09 July 2018

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and our Embassy in Bahrain monitor developments in the country closely. We continue to monitor the case of Najah Ahmed Yousif in line with FCO guidance.

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