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Bahrain: Capital Punishment

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL5017, tabled on 23 January 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 22 January (HL4473), what were the results of their discussions at senior levels with the government of Bahrain regarding six particular death sentences; whether they expect that the sentences will in practice be carried out; and whether any conclusions were reached about due process in those cases and in any others still pending.

Answered on

6 February 2018

The Government of Bahrain is fully aware of the UK's interest in these cases and of the UK's opposition to the use of the death penalty in all circumstances. We understand that in these particular cases there is a right of appeal, as there would be in the civilian courts.

The National Institute for Human Rights in Bahrain observed the trial and have released statements outlining its findings and ongoing commitment to monitoring these cases. The British Embassy in Bahrain and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will also continue to monitor developments.