To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 21 January (HL12760) and the report by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Opinions adopted by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention at its eighty-second session, 20–24 August 2018, published on 7 January, what plans they have to assess the circumstances of Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei’s family members, given that (1) assurances from the government of Bahrain that there have been no reprisals against his family members contradict the findings of that report, and (2) the UK was a signatory to a joint statement at the Human Rights Council in 2014, which urged the government of Bahrain to release all persons imprisoned solely for exercising human rights.
4 February 2019
The Noble Lord will know from previous answers in this House that we have received categorical assurances from the Bahraini authorities that the legal cases against Mr Alwadaei’s family members are not related to Mr Al Wadaei's activities. We understand that Mr Al Wadaei has been able to continue with his work. We have raised these cases at a senior level with the Government of Bahrain.