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(Rutherglen and Hamilton West)
Asked on: 13 April 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Sayed Alwadaei
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to his Bahraini counterpart on the harassment of family members of Sayed Al Wadaei.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 25 April 2017

The UK monitors events in Bahrain closely. We continue to raise concerns about human rights with the Bahraini authorities, both in private and in public. We encourage anyone with concerns about their treatment in detention to report these directly to the Ombudsman.

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(Rutherglen and Hamilton West)
Asked on: 13 April 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Abduljalil Abdulla al-Singace
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has (a) made and (b) received on the medical treatment available to the Bahraini prisoner, Abduljalil al-Singace.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 25 April 2017

The UK monitors events in Bahrain closely. We continue to raise concerns about human rights with the Bahraini authorities, both in private and in public. We encourage anyone with concerns about their treatment in detention to report these directly to the Ombudsman.

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(Rutherglen and Hamilton West)
Asked on: 13 April 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Political Parties
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government has made representations to the Government of Bahrain on the alleged dissolution of the secular opposition party Wa'ad National Democratic Action Society by that Government.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 25 April 2017

We are following closely the legal action brought against Wa'ad. We work closely with the Government of Bahrain to encourage progress on human rights and, where we have concerns, we will continue to raise them in public and in private.

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(Rutherglen and Hamilton West)
Asked on: 13 April 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: National Security
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government has provided any training or guidance to the National Security Agency in Bahrain since 2010.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 25 April 2017

It is a long standing policy of successive British Governments not to comment on intelligence matters.

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(Rutherglen and Hamilton West)
Asked on: 19 April 2017
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 Government of Bahrain on the case of Nabeel Rajab.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 24 April 2017

The British Government has raised concerns over the case of Nabeel Rajab with the Bahraini Government at senior levels. The judicial process is ongoing and we continue to monitor the case closely with officials

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Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 07 March 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Human Rights
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the effect of the proposed constitutional change in Bahrain to allow military courts to try civilians on human rights in that country.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 14 March 2017

We will be following the legislative process on the proposed constitutional amendment closely. The UK recognises the genuine threat from terrorism which Bahrain faces. We continue to work closely with the Government of Bahrain to encourage progress on human rights, which includes building effective and accountable institutions, strengthening the rule of law, and police and judicial reform. We continue to encourage Bahrain to live up to its international and domestic human rights obligations.

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Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 07 March 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Sayed Alwadaei
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the Bahrainian Government on the detention of members of Sayed Alwadaei's family in that country.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 14 March 2017

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and our Embassy in Bahrain are monitoring this issue closely. The Ministry of Interior Ombudsman has responsibility for investigating allegations of mistreatment in detention. We encourage all those with concerns about their treatment in detention to report these directly to the Ombudsman, and we urge the Ombudsman to carry out thorough investigations into any such allegations. We also continue to encourage the Government of Bahrain to deliver on its international and domestic human rights commitments. We continue to raise concerns about human rights with the Bahraini authorities both in private and in public.

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Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 17 February 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Military Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what training assistance his Department has given to the Bahrain Police on collecting relevant intelligence prior to demonstrations.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 27 February 2017

The Government has not provided the Bahrain Police with training on collecting relevant intelligence prior to demonstrations.

The UK continues to support Bahraini-led reform through a package of technical assistance. We believe it is not good enough to criticise countries from the sidelines. Only by working with Bahrain can we bring about the changes we would like to see in the country. Any assistance delivered by or on behalf of the Government complies with our domestic and international human rights obligations.

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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 17 February 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nabeel Rajab
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will call on the Government of Bahrain to immediately and unconditionally release prisoner-of-conscience Nabeel Rajab and drop all charges against him.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 27 February 2017

​The British Government has raised concerns over the case of Nabeel Rajab with the Bahraini Government at senior levels. The judicial process is ongoing and we continue to monitor the case closely with officials attending every hearing.

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Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 08 February 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Journalism
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the Bahrainian Government on licence renewals for journalists.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 24 February 2017

The UK Government has continued to emphasise to the Bahraini Government the need to respect the rights of all citizens and to act proportionately to protect human rights, including freedom of expression.

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Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 08 February 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Al Wefaq
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the Bahrainian Government on the (a) dissolution of the Al-Wefaq political party and (b) imprisonment of Sheikh Ali Salman.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 24 February 2017

The Foreign Secretary, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip (Mr Johnson), issued a statement expressing concerns on the day of the Bahraini High Administrative Court’s decision to dissolve the main Bahraini Shia opposition political society Al Wefaq.

We have raised our concerns about the case of Sheikh Ali Salman at Ministerial level, including during the visit of the former Foreign Secretary, my Rt Hon. Friend the member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond), to Bahrain in May 2016. Embassy officials have attended every hearing and we continue to monitor the case closely.

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Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 08 February 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Counter-terrorism
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of reports that Bahrain's anti-terrorism legislation has been used to target civil society organisations and human rights activists in that country.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 24 February 2017

The Government has regular discussions, including at Ministerial level, on the issue of the operation of civil societies in Bahrain. We continue to encourage Bahrain to develop an enabling atmosphere for participation in society of all its citizens. We are assisting the Ministry of Labour and Social Development and the civil society sector more broadly to help to create a more enabling environment for Non-Government Organisations and civil society.

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Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 08 February 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Travel Restrictions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the Bahrainian Government on the imposition of travel bans on human rights defenders, trade unionists, lawyers and political activists.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 24 February 2017

​We have raised the allegations of travel bans at senior levels within the Government of Bahrain, particularly with regard to reports of Human Rights Defenders being prevented from travelling to the Human Rights Council in Geneva last year. We will continue to raise concerns where we have them.

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Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 08 February 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Third Sector
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the Bahrainian Government on the operation of civil societies.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 24 February 2017

The Government has regular discussions, including at Ministerial level, on the issue of the operation of civil societies in Bahrain. We continue to encourage Bahrain to develop an enabling atmosphere for participation in society by all of its citizens. We are assisting the Ministry of Labour and Social Development and the civil society sector more broadly to help to create a more enabling environment for Non-Government Organisations and civil society.

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Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
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Asked on: 08 February 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Zainab al-Khawaja
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the Bahrainian Government on the case of Zainab Al-Khawaja.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 20 February 2017

I refer the Hon. Member to my answer of 9 June 2016 (PQ 39140). Shortly after the visit of the former Foreign Secretary, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond), Zainab Al Khawaja was released from prison on 31 May 2016. We raised Zainab Al Khawaja’s case regularly at a senior level with the Government of Bahrain prior to her release from prison on 31 May 2016.

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(Rutherglen and Hamilton West)
Asked on: 11 January 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Capital Punishment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Bahrain on the death sentences against Abbas al-Samea, Sami Mushaima and Ali al-Singace; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 19 January 2017

The Foreign Secretary, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip (Mr Johnson) released a statement on 15 January where he outlined the UK’s firm opposition to the death penalty. It is our longstanding position to oppose capital sentences in all circumstances. The Bahraini authorities are fully aware of our position and the Foreign Secretary has raised the issue with the Government of Bahrain.

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Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 20 December 2016
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Abdulwahab Hussain
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) reports he has received and (b) representations he has made to his Bahrainian counterpart on the reported denial of adequate medical treatment to Husain Abdulwahab at Jau prison in Bahrain.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 13 January 2017

Officials at the British Embassy in Bahrain continue to monitor the case of Husain Abdulwahab and where we have concerns they continue to be raised with the appropriate authorities. We encourage any claims of mistreatment whilst in detention to be reported to the Ministry of Interior’s Ombudsman, whose duty it is to carry out a thorough and impartial investigation.

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Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 20 December 2016
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: International Institute for Strategic Studies
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what issues he raised to whom which related to human rights at the Manama Dialogue 2016.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 13 January 2017

​During my visit to Bahrain for the Manama Dialogue I had meetings with delegations from a number of different states covering a wide range of topics.

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Asked by Tom Brake
(Carshalton and Wallington)
Asked on: 20 December 2016
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nabeel Rajab
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the Bahrainian government on the release of Nabeel Rajab.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 13 January 2017

​Officials at the British Embassy in Bahrain continue to monitor the case of Nabeel Rajab attending each of his hearings, most recently on 28 December. I continue to have broad ranging conversations with my opposite number, His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, covering all bilateral issues.

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(Hammersmith)
Asked on: 13 December 2016
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Ali Salman
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the government of Bahrain on the detention of Sheikh Ali Salman.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 20 December 2016

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and our Embassy in Bahrain continue to monitor Sheikh Ali Salman’s case closely. Embassy officials have attended every trial hearing so far. Where we have concerns we continue to raise them with the Government of Bahrain, and we continue to encourage the Government of Bahrain to deliver on its international and domestic human rights commitments.

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