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Bahrain: UN Human Rights Council

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL9664, tabled on 18 July 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the concerns expressed by Olivier de Frouville at the meeting of the UN Human Rights Council on 4 July about alleged reprisals against Bahraini activists attending Human Rights Council sessions, including Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei.

Answered on

1 August 2018

The UK will continue to engage the Government of Bahrain on its reform agenda. If we have concerns about human rights, including alleged reprisals, we will continue to raise them at an appropriate level, both in private and in public.

We have received assurances from the Bahraini authorities that there have been no reprisals against the family members of Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei. We understand that he has been able to continue with his work in the UK.

We encourage those with concerns about any form of mistreatment to report these to the appropriate oversight body. We urge these oversight bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such claims.