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Bahrain: Human Rights

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 214590, tabled on 30 January 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Bahrain after the recent verdict against Nabeel Rajab and the hunger strike of Ali AlHajee and Naji Fateel while in Bahraini prison.

Answered on

7 February 2019

We regularly publish our assessments of the Human Rights situation in Bahrain in our annual Human Rights Report, last published in July 2018. The United Kingdom has a close relationship with Bahrain which allows us to have open and frank conversations. Where we have concerns we raise them at an appropriately senior level, including through the UK-Bahrain Joint Working Group which I co-chair with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain. We have raised the cases of Mr Rajab, Mr AlHajee and Mr Fateel at a senior level with the Government of Bahrain.