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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.

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(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.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.

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(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.
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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.

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(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.
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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.

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Asked by Matt Western
(Warwick and Leamington)
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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(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.
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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.

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