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Bahrain: Freedom of Expression

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 128949, tabled on 21 February 2018

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.

Answered on

1 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.