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Bahrain: Detainees

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL4611, tabled on 10 January 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 9 January (HL4382), on the basis of what information other than the structure of the oversight bodies in Bahrain they have made the assessment that the Ombudsman service in Bahrain is independent.

Answered on

24 January 2018

The British Embassy in Bahrain has a continuing dialogue with both the Government of Bahrain and all human rights oversight bodies. The Ministry of Interior Ombudsman was established as an independent oversight body by Royal Decree in 2012. In 2013 the International Ombudsman Institute acknowledged that the Ministry of Interior Ombudsman fulfils its criteria for voting membership stating that the organisation "is functionally independent of any public authority over which jurisdiction is held." It was the first organisation of its kind in the region and remains unique. In 2014 the Ministry of Interior Ombudsman's Office won the EU's Chaillot Prize for the promotion of human rights in the Gulf Cooperation Council region.

We understand that investigations are carried out on receipt of a complaint and we continue to encourage these to be swift, thorough and transparent.