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Bahrain: Political Prisoners

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL12965, tabled on 18 January 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain about reports of (1) the suspension of access to phone calls, and (2) other punitive measures in place to deter inmates from interacting with female political prisoners Hajer Mansoor, Medina Ali and Najah Yusuf at Isa Town Prison in Bahrain.

Answered on

31 January 2019

Our Embassy in Bahrain and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office continue to monitor the cases of Hajer Mansoor, Najah Ahmed Yusuf and Medina Ali. The UK has raised the cases at a senior level with the Government of Bahrain. We continue to encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report these to the relevant human rights oversight bodies. We also continue to encourage these bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such allegations. We understand that the National Institution for Human Rights and the Ministry of Interior Ombudsman are aware of these cases and have been in contact with the three individuals in question.