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Bahrain: Technical Assistance

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL7302, tabled on 25 April 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 16 April (HL6836) regarding the technical assistance programme in Bahrain which includes “justice reform”, what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of this programme given the recent death sentences passed in Bahrain and reports of associated violations of due process, enforced disappearance and the use of confessions extracted under torture.

Answered on

10 May 2018

The Government works with a number of implementation partners and beneficiaries to support Bahraini-led reform. These programmes aim to support progress on building effective and accountable institutions, strengthening the rule of law, and justice reform. All of our work is in line with international standards, and aims to share the UK's expertise and experience. Any training provided by, or on behalf of, the Government fully complies with our domestic and international human rights obligations.

The UK is firmly opposed to the death penalty. It is the Government's longstanding position to oppose capital sentences in all circumstances and countries. We continue to make this clear to the Government of Bahrain. The UK welcomes the decision of His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa to commute four death sentences in Bahrain.