To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the significance of the recent European Parliament statement on the sentencing of the Bahraini human rights defender, Mr Nabeel Rajab.
This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.
9 July 2018
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is aware of the resolution of the European Parliament of 14 June.
I expressed my concerns on the sentence given to Mr Rajab in my written statement of 21 February. I also reiterated the UK's call for Bahrain to protect freedom of expression for all its citizens, in line with their international obligations.
The British Embassy in Bahrain has closely monitored the trials of Mr Rajab. Officials from the Embassy regularly attend Mr Rajab's court hearings, including the handing down of the latest appeal verdict. We have raised this case at senior levels. I am aware that there is now an opportunity for Mr Rajab's legal team to apply for an appeal through the judicial system. Our officials will continue to monitor the case closely.