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Bahrain: Political Prisoners

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 158191, tabled on 24 February 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans his Department has to make representations to the Bahraini Government on the release of (a) Mohammed Jafar, (b) Fares Husain, (c) Sayed Hasan Ameen from prison.

Answered on

1 March 2021

We are aware of the detention of Mohammed Jafar, Fares Husain and Sayed Hasan Ameen. We understand the three, all aged 17, were arrested for arson, endangering the lives and property of others; and preparing and possessing Molotov cocktails and using them to endanger lives and property. Their cases are currently pending legal proceedings. We will continue to monitor and raise their cases if/when appropriate.

We welcome the recent ratification by HM The King of the 'Justice Law for Children and their protection from ill-treatment' and will monitor its implementation. We continue to encourage the Government of Bahrain to follow due process in all cases and meet its international and domestic human rights commitments, including in the case of juveniles. Those with concerns about treatment in detention should contact the relevant authorities as well as the appropriate Bahraini human rights oversight body.

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