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Bahrain: Technical Assistance

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL8315, tabled on 4 June 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government on what legal basis they have decided not to disclose details of the implementers and beneficiaries of UK-funded technical assistance projects in Bahrain to Parliament.

Answered on

18 June 2018

The UK has been providing a range of technical and practical assistance to the Government of Bahrain since 2012, in support of its reform programme. This technical assistance supports the building of effective and accountable institutions, strengthening the rule of law, and police and justice reform. It has included work with the National Institution of Human Rights, the Ministry of Interior Ombudsman, and the Prisoners' and Detainees' Rights Commission.

In my answer of 22 May to the noble Lord's question (HL7775) I outlined the reasons why we are not able to disclose details of the implementers and beneficiaries of UK technical assistance in Bahrain. We have a duty to maintain the confidence and confidentiality of our partners. 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 British Government fully complies with our domestic and international human rights obligations.