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Bahrain: Human Rights

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL10275, tabled on 11 September 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the remarks made in the opening statement of the 39th session of the Human Rights Council by the High Commissioner for Human Rights on 10 September in relation to Bahrain; and whether they will join her call for Bahrain to release human rights defenders who are detained including Nabeel Rajab.

Answered on

25 September 2018

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office notes the remarks made by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in her opening statement on 10 September. The Minister for the Middle East (Mr Burt) expressed his concerns on the five year sentence handed to Mr Rajab in his written statement of 21 February. We understand there is now an opportunity for Mr Rajab's legal team to apply for an appeal through the judicial system, and our officials will continue to monitor the case closely.