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Nabeel Rajab

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL5888, tabled on 26 February 2018

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".

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.