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Ahmed Mansoor and Nabeel Rajab

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 23640, tabled on 2 March 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterparts in (a) Bahrain and (b) the United Arab Emirates on the upholding of jail sentences to human rights activists (a) Nabeel Rajab and (b) Ahmed Mansoor in those respective countries.

Answered on

9 March 2020

We continue to raise the case of Mr Rajab at senior levels as part of the UK's ongoing open dialogue with Bahrain. We continue to urge the Government of Bahrain to protect freedom of expression for all its citizens in line with its international commitments.

On Mr Mansoor, officials have raised the case with senior Emirati officials in the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. We urge all countries to comply with their human rights obligations.