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Bahraini Ministry of Interior Ombudsman

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 135334, tabled on 13 April 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, against which criteria the Government is measuring the effectiveness of the Bahraini Ministry of the Interior Ombudsman.

Answered on

20 April 2018

Our Embassy in Bahrain has a continuing dialogue with the Government of Bahrain and all Bahraini human rights oversight bodies. The British Government believes that a body with the power to investigate allegations of mistreatment in a timely, independent and transparent manner can be of great benefit to Bahraini society.

The Bahraini 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.