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Bahrain: Technical Assistance

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL7948, tabled on 16 May 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the alleged link between taxpayer-funded technical assistance programmes to Bahrain that started in 2012 and the decline in human rights including an increase of death row inmates.

Answered on

1 June 2018

We note the recent report by Reprieve and Bahrain Institute of Rights and Democracy. We do not recognise the claim that UK assistance has contributed to human rights abuses. Its purpose and effect is to support positive reform, and all of our support is regularly reviewed. Only by working with Bahrain can we bring about the changes we would like to see in the country.

It is the long standing policy of the British Government to oppose the death penalty in all circumstances. We have reiterated this to the Government of Bahrain at senior levels and will continue to do so.