Gulf States: Human Rights - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:15 am on 8th February 2018.

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Photo of Lord Scriven Lord Scriven Liberal Democrat 11:15 am, 8th February 2018

The Minister will be aware of the Bahrain Government’s crackdown on human rights activists and their families being targeted in an attempt to silence them. One such case is that of Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, who is present here today. Sayed’s family have been tried and sentenced on the basis of coerced confessions. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has repeatedly told Sayed to report the issues to the ombudsman of the Ministry of Interior, who the UN Committee Against Torture has repeatedly said lacks independence. What significant actions will the Government take to hold the Bahrain Government to account for the escalation of violence and reprisals against human rights activists in the UK and their families in Bahrain?