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Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 13 June 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nabeel Rajab
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Bahraini authorities on the Bahraini Court of Appeal's decision to uphold the sentence against the human rights activist Nabeel Rajab.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 21 June 2018

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 latest appeal verdict hearing. We have raised this case at senior levels. I am aware that there is now an opportunity for Mr Rajab's legal team to apply to the Court of Cassation to hear an appeal on this latest sentence. Our officials will continue to monitor the case closely.

I expressed my concerns on the sentence 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 their international obligations.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 24 May 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nabeel Rajab
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether there has been any breach of international human rights standards on fair trials and due process in the five-year sentence handed to Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab for his Twitter activity.
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Answered on: 08 June 2018

We have raised the case of Nabeel Rajab at senior levels with the Government of Bahrain. In his statement on 21 February the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa made clear his concerns at the five-year sentence handed to Mr Rajab, in addition to the two-year sentence he received in 2017. I understand that Mr Rajab has a right of appeal in this case and we will continue to monitor proceedings closely. It would not be proper to comment further whilst the case is still in progress.

We continue to encourage the Government of Bahrain to deliver on its international and domestic human rights commitments.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 23 April 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nabeel Rajab
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations, if any, they have made to the government of Bahrain regarding the treatment of human rights activist Nabeel Rajab in Jau Prison, including reports that he has recently been denied access to water for over 24 hours and been confined to his cell for 23 hours a day for a week.
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Answered on: 08 May 2018

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

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Asked by Anna McMorrin
(Cardiff North)
Asked on: 27 April 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Rajab Nabeel
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Government of Bahrain on recent punitive measures against Nabeel Rajab in Jau Prison.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 08 May 2018

We have raised the case of Nabeel Rajab at senior levels with the Government of Bahrain. My statement of 21 February made clear my concerns at the five-year sentence handed to Mr Rajab in addition to the two-year sentence he received in 2017. I understand that Mr Rajab has a right of appeal in this case and we will continue to monitor proceedings closely.

We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report these to the relevant human rights oversight bodies. We continue to encourage the Government of Bahrain to deliver on its international and domestic human rights commitments.

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(Leeds North East)
Asked on: 25 April 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 five-year prison sentence for Nabeel Rajab in Bahrain and the treatment to which he is subjected by prison authorities.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 02 May 2018

We have raised the case of Nabeel Rajab at senior levels with the Government of Bahrain. My statement of 21 February made clear my concerns at the five-year sentence handed to Mr Rajab in addition to the two-year sentence he received in 2017. I understand that Mr Rajab has a right of appeal in this case and we will continue to monitor proceedings closely.

We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report these to the relevant human rights oversight bodies. We continue to encourage the Government of Bahrain to deliver on its international and domestic human rights commitments

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 26 February 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nabeel Rajab
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement issued by the Minister for the Middle East on the sentencing of Nabeel Rajab on 21 February, whether they consider the case and sentencing a breach of Mr Rajab’s freedom of expression; and, if so, whether they will call for his immediate and unconditional release.
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Answered on: 12 March 2018

As the statement released on 21 February by the Minister for the Middle East (Mr Burt) made clear, we are concerned by the five year sentence handed to Mr Rajab, in addition to the two year sentence that he received in 2017. We have raised the case at the highest levels with the Government of Bahrain. We understand that Mr Rajab now has a right of appeal in this particular case and we will continue to closely monitor proceedings.

We continue to encourage the Government of Bahrain to protect freedom of expression for all of its citizens, in line with its international obligations.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 26 February 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nabeel Rajab
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement issued by the Bahraini Embassy in the UK on the sentencing of Nabeel Rajab on 21 February, what is their response to the Embassy’s view that Mr Rajab’s cases "do not relate to political views or political expression".
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Answered on: 12 March 2018

As the statement released on 21 February by the Minister for the Middle East (Mr Burt) made clear, we are concerned by the five year sentence handed to Mr Rajab, in addition to the two year sentence he received in 2017. We have raised the case at senior levels with the Government of Bahrain. We understand that Mr Rajab now has a right of appeal in this particular case and we will continue to closely monitor proceedings.

We continue to encourage the Government of Bahrain to protect freedom of expression for all of its citizens, in line with its international obligations.

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Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 26 February 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nabeel Rajab
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Bahraini authorities on the sentencing of human rights activist Nabeel Rajab.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 06 March 2018

​We have raised the case of Nabeel Rajab at senior levels with the Government of Bahrain. My statement of 21 February made clear my concerns at the five-year sentence handed to Mr Rajab in addition to the two year sentence he received in 2017. I understand that Mr Rajab has a right of appeal in this case and we will continue to closely monitor proceedings.

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Asked by David Linden
(Glasgow East)
Asked on: 21 February 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Freedom of Expression
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the level of freedom of speech in Bahrain following the sentencing of the human rights activist Nabeel Rajab to five years in prison on 21 February 2018.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 01 March 2018

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and our Embassy in Bahrain continue to monitor the case of Nabeel Rajab and have raised this with the Bahraini Government at the highest levels.

In my public statement of 21 February I expressed my concerns at the further five year sentence handed to Mr Rajab and re-emphasised the UK's encouragement to Bahrain to protect freedom of expression for all of its citizens in line with its international obligations.

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Asked by David Linden
(Glasgow East)
Asked on: 21 February 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 his counterparts in the Bahraini Government on the sentencing of the human rights activist Nabeel Rajab to five years in prison on 21 February 2018.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 01 March 2018

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and our Embassy in Bahrain continue to monitor the case of Nabeel Rajab and have raised this with the Bahraini Government at the highest levels.

In my public statement of 21 February I expressed my concerns at the further five year sentence handed to Mr Rajab and re-emphasised the UK's encouragement to Bahrain to protect freedom of expression for all of its citizens in line with its international obligations.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 31 January 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nabeel Rajab
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of case and trial of the human rights activist Nabeel Rajab, and of the decision of the Bahraini Court of Cassation on 15 January to uphold his two-year sentence.
A
Answered on: 14 February 2018

We continue to monitor the case of Nabeel Rajab closely and have raised it at a senior level with the Government of Bahrain.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 21 December 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nabeel Rajab
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the government of Bahrain's classification of Nabeel Rajab as a threat to prison population, and of his incarceration with convicted ISIS affiliates.
A
Answered on: 08 January 2018

We continue to follow the case of Nabeel Rajab closely and have raised it at a senior level with the Government of Bahrain. We encourage those with concerns about their treatment in detention to report these to the appropriate human rights oversight bodies. We encourage the oversight bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such complaints.

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Asked by Martyn Day
(Linlithgow and East Falkirk)
Asked on: 12 December 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nabeel Rajab
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to his Bahraini counterpart on the Bahraini court’s rejection of Nabeel Rajab’s appeal against a two-year prison sentence for speaking to journalists; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 19 December 2017

​We have raised this case with the Bahraini Government at senior levels. The UK continues to encourage the Bahraini Government to deliver on its international and domestic human rights commitments.

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Asked by Martyn Day
(Linlithgow and East Falkirk)
Asked on: 06 December 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nabeel Rajab
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Government of Bahrain on Nabeel Rajab’s unsuccessful appeal against a two-year prison sentence for speaking to journalists.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 14 December 2017
​We continue to closely monitor the case of Nabeel Rajab and have raised it with the Bahraini Government at the highest levels. The British Government continues to emphasise to the Government of Bahrain the need to respect the rights of all citizens, including freedom of expression.
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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 01 November 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nabeel Rajab
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain concerning the transfer of Nabeel Rajab from the Ministry of Interior Hospital to Jau Prison; whether that government has indicated to them why the transfer took place; and what assessment they have made of his treatment.
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Answered on: 15 November 2017

We continue to closely monitor the case of Nabeel Rajab and have frequently raised it with the Bahraini Government at the highest levels. Where we have concerns we will continue to raise them at an appropriate level with the Government of Bahrain. We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report these to the relevant human rights oversight bodies

The UK continues to encourage the Government of Bahrain to deliver on its international and domestic human rights commitments.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 01 November 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nabeel Rajab
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government on what date they last raised concerns with the government of Bahrain over the case of Nabeel Rajab.
A
Answered on: 15 November 2017

We continue to closely monitor the case of Nabeel Rajab and have frequently raised it with the Bahraini Government at the highest levels. Where we have concerns we will continue to raise them at an appropriate level with the Government of Bahrain.
The UK Government continues to emphasise the need to respect the rights of all citizens, including freedom of expression.

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Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 31 October 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Human Rights
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last had a face to face conversation with representatives of the government of Bahrain about human rights issues; what conclusions they drew from that conversation; whether they raised the cases of (1) Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, (2) Nabeel Rajat, (3) Mahmood Marzooq, and (4) Hajar Mansoor Hasan; and if so, with what result.
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Answered on: 14 November 2017

The Minister for the Middle East had face to face meetings with members of the Bahraini Administration during his visit to Manama on 19 October. He covered a wide range of topics including human rights. The UK Government continues to emphasise the need to respect the rights of all citizens and to act proportionately to protect human rights, including freedom of expression. We have raised our concerns with the Bahraini government at the highest levels.

We have raised the referenced cases at a senior level with the Government of Bahrain. We understand there is now a right of appeal to these sentences. The UK Government will continue to closely monitor proceedings.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 13 July 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the sentencing of Nabeel Rajab, by Bahrain's Lower Criminal Court, to two years in prison on charges of "publishing and broadcasting false news that undermines the prestige of the state", and whether they intend to make a public statement regarding the case.
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Answered on: 26 July 2017

We continue to monitor the case of Nabeel Rajab and have raised it with the Bahraini Government at senior levels. We note the two year sentence given to him and understand there are further steps in the judicial process, including the right of appeal.

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