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(Birmingham, Hall Green)
Asked on: 09 May 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Najah Ahmed Yousif
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Government of Bahrain on reports of sexual abuse and torture and on the imprisonment of female political activist Najah Ahmed Yousif for her social media activity against Bahrain Grand Prix; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 17 May 2018

The UK has a continuing dialogue with the Government of Bahrain in which we raise individual cases. Our Embassy in Bahrain monitors this specific case. The UK encourages 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. The UK encourages the Government of Bahrain to deliver on its international and domestic human rights commitments.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 03 May 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 2 May (HL7127), why they will not individually list their implementation partners who are supporting Bahraini-led reform or those companies, bodies or individuals that were given contracts to deliver any part of the technical assistance programme for Bahrain in the 2017–18 financial year.
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Answered on: 16 May 2018

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is not in a position to make precise details available as we have a duty to maintain the confidentiality and confidence of our partners.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office continues to provide numerous updates on its programme work in Bahrain including in its annual Human Rights reports. This information can be found on the gov.uk website.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 16 May 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Technical Assistance
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of claims in the report Training Torturers published by Reprieve and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy that the UK funded and trained Bahraini institutions accused of covering up torture.
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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 16 May 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Technical Assistance
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the alleged link between taxpayer-funded technical assistance programmes to Bahrain that started in 2012 and the decline in human rights including an increase of death row inmates.
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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 16 May 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Technical Assistance
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to publish the names of the implementers and beneficiaries of the taxpayer-funded technical assistance programme to Bahrain.
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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 16 May 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Technical Assistance
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of UK-funded oversight bodies in Bahrain such as the Ombudsman for the Ministry of the Interior.
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Asked by Ann Clwyd
(Cynon Valley)
[N]
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'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: 09 May 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Elections
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to the Government of Bahrain on its proposed legislation prohibiting candidates from dissolved societies and organisations running for office in elections; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 15 May 2018

We are closely monitoring this proposed legislation. As with all elections in the region and beyond, we encourage the Government of Bahrain to ensure fair, inclusive and transparent elections.

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Asked by Hilary Benn
(Leeds Central)
[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: 10 May 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Torture
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of reports of alleged use of torture and forced confessions in Bahrain.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 15 May 2018

The Government monitors events in Bahrain closely. We regularly raise human rights concerns with the Bahraini authorities in private and in public and will continue to do so. We encourage the Government of Bahrain to deliver on its international and domestic human rights commitments.

We encourage those with concerns about the treatment of prisoners in detention to report these to the relevant human rights oversight bodies. We encourage these oversight bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 15 May 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Technical Assistance
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they provided in technical assistance funding to Bahrain in the financial year 2017–18; and how much funding they intend to allocate to Bahrain for technical assistance in the financial year 2018–19.
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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 15 May 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Political Prisoners
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of investigations by Bahraini oversight bodies into the ill-treatment of female political prisoners Hajer Mansoor Hassan and Madina Ali.
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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 25 April 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahraini Ministry of Interior Ombudsman
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what technical, financial or other support the UK has given to the Ministry of Interior Ombudsman in Bahrain to help it achieve its objectives.
A
Answered on: 14 May 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. This technical assistance supports the building of effective and accountable institutions, strengthening the rule of law, and police and justice reform. It has included work with the National Institution of Human Rights, the Ministry of Interior Ombudsman, and the Prisoners' and Detainees' Rights Commission. Any training provided by or on behalf of the British Government complies with our domestic and international human rights obligations.

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(North East Fife)
Asked on: 14 May 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Capital Punishment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Bahraini counterpart on the continued use of the death penalty in that country.
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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 11 May 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Abduljalil Abdulla al-Singace
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain regarding the mistreatment in prison of Dr Abduljalil Al-Singace and allegations that he is being denied access to necessary medical treatment by prison authorities.
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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 25 April 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Capital Punishment
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what urgent representations they have made regarding the decision by the Military Court of Cassation in Bahrain to uphold death sentences against four citizens, given that these men are now facing imminent execution.
A
Answered on: 10 May 2018

The UK is firmly opposed to the death penalty. It is the Government's longstanding position to oppose capital sentences in all circumstances and countries. We continue to make this clear to the Government of Bahrain. The UK welcomes the decision on of His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa on 26 April to commute these death sentences.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 25 April 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Trials
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK embassy in Bahrain has been prevented from observing the trial of civilians tried in military courts.
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Answered on: 10 May 2018

The trials in military courts have been closely monitored by the British Embassy in Bahrain. We continue to encourage Bahrain to meet its international and domestic human rights obligations.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 25 April 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 16 April (HL6836) regarding the technical assistance programme in Bahrain which includes “justice reform”, what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of this programme given the recent death sentences passed in Bahrain and reports of associated violations of due process, enforced disappearance and the use of confessions extracted under torture.
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Answered on: 10 May 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 Government fully complies with our domestic and international human rights obligations.

The UK is firmly opposed to the death penalty. It is the Government's longstanding position to oppose capital sentences in all circumstances and countries. We continue to make this clear to the Government of Bahrain. The UK welcomes the decision of His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa to commute four death sentences in Bahrain.

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(Birmingham, Hall Green)
Asked on: 01 May 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Capital Punishment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will raise with the Government of Bahrain the UN statement calling for to end military trials against civilians and a retrial for the prisoners, Mohamed AbdulHasan AlMutaghawi, Fadhel Sayed Radhi, Sayed Alawi Husain and Mubarak Adel Mubarak Mahanna, who received the death sentence.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 10 May 2018

The UK has a continuing dialogue with the Government of Bahrain on a range of issues. The UK is firmly opposed to the death penalty. It is the Government's longstanding position to oppose capital sentences in all circumstances and countries. We continue to make this clear to the Government of Bahrain. The UK welcomes the decision of His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa on 26 April to commute these death sentences.

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(Birmingham, Hall Green)
Asked on: 01 May 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Hajer Mansoor Hassan and Medina Ali
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to raise with the Government of Bahrain the conditions and lack of access to medical care of the female political prisoners, Hajer Mansoor Hassan and Medina Ali, in that country.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 10 May 2018

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the British Embassy in Bahrain are aware of these cases and continue to monitor events. 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 is aware of these cases and is monitoring the situation, and that the Ombudsman of the Ministry of Interior is also investigating the claims.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 10 May 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Sayed Alwadaei
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain in relation to the judicial harassment of Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei and his family members, in particular (1) the revocation of Mr Alwadaei’s citizenship in 2015 that rendered him stateless, and (2) the torture and imprisonment of his family members.
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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 10 May 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Technical Assistance
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure transparency while providing funding for technical assistance to Bahrain; and who have been the beneficiaries of the Integrated Activity Fund and Global Britain Fund.
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