All 15 results for bahrain speaker:Bob Stewart

Business of the House: Middle East and North Africa (13 Oct 2011)

Bob Stewart: I lived for three years in Yemen, for three years in Bahrain and also in Jordan. I was always told not to make any comment about the Sunni or Shi’a branches of Islamic religion. May I ask the Foreign Secretary to ensure, as I am sure he is doing, that our diplomats are utterly bipartisan and as neutral as possible in this matter, because it has a knock-on effect elsewhere, for example, dare...

North Africa and the Near and Middle East (28 Nov 2011)

Bob Stewart: his speech. I shall make a short speech as I believe there are two Opposition Members yet to speak. I shall bear that in mind. I have lived or worked in Egypt, Jordan, Cyprus, Yemen and Bahrain. The United Kingdom has a traditional and present-day interest in what happens throughout the middle east and north Africa, but that does not give us the right to direct exactly what should...

North Africa and the Near and Middle East (28 Nov 2011)

Bob Stewart: I was indeed young once—it is almost the start of a song. When I lived in Bahrain it was a very different time to now. I desperately want to see human rights in Bahrain and I am very unhappy about what has happened there recently, particularly about the Saudis coming in with their armed forces. I very much hope that things will get much better. The final country that I want to talk about is...

Defence Reforms (17 Oct 2013)

Bob Stewart: in Essex—I was an Essex boy. I ended up being interviewed for the Cheshire Regiment. It was weird. I did not really understand what the regimental system was until I got to the regiment in Bahrain on 25 July 1969. When I arrived, I was suddenly taken into this very proud organisation. I discovered that the Cheshires had real ethos and spirit. I was taught regimental history very...

Bahrain — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (11 Sep 2018)

Bob Stewart: I straightforwardly declare an interest: I am vice-chair of the UK-Bahrain all-party parliamentary group. I am very fond of the place, because my connection with it goes back almost 50 years. Formally, the British relationship with Bahrain dates to 1816, when we signed a treaty of friendship, which has fundamentally lasted since then. In fact, Bahrain remained under British protection until...

Bahrain — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (11 Sep 2018)

Bob Stewart: ...are implemented to the best of their ability—I believe that is the case. I consider such changes a major step forward. I do not personally agree with capital punishment, but I do not live in Bahrain. Over the last 50 years, there have been only five cases where it has been imposed, for what the state considers to be heinous crimes, such as the murder of a policeman. I remind colleagues...

Bahrain — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (11 Sep 2018)

Bob Stewart: I remind the House that it has taken us 800 years to get our human rights in order. Bahrain started in 1971. We want the process to be as fast as possible, but let us have evolution rather than revolution, because revolution is very dangerous.

Bahrain — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (11 Sep 2018)

Bob Stewart: The problem is that some of those weapons get through. Explosives are being used against decent people of all religions in Bahrain, and those attacks are Iranian-inspired. The regime has got to do something about it.

Bahrain — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (11 Sep 2018)

Bob Stewart: The fact of the matter is that we need Bahrain more than Bahrain needs us. Bahrain is very successful without us.

Bahrain: Prisoners Under Sentence of Death ( 9 Jul 2020)

Bob Stewart: records and text messages that co-ordinated the attack that lured police officers into a deadly trap. One policeman was killed and others, including civilians, were badly hurt. I visited Bahrain’s independent human rights oversight body, and I was impressed by its independence and its reports—it can go anywhere. I do not support the death penalty, and I hope that if the sentences...

Bahraini Political Prisoners (13 Jan 2022)

Bob Stewart: I have very close contacts with Bahrain, and it would dispute those figures for the number of people utterly and completely. Bahrain does not have political prisoners; they are all prisoners who are there because they have committed a crime.

Bahraini Political Prisoners (13 Jan 2022)

Bob Stewart: For nearly 53 years, I have been a good friend and supporter of Bahrain as I have watched it develop quickly to become the vibrant country that it is today. When I was elected to Parliament, I immediately joined the Bahrain all-party parliamentary group, and I have been its chairman for three years. I have visited the island several times, especially for the Manama dialogues, and I have given...

Bahraini Political Prisoners (13 Jan 2022)

Bob Stewart: I understand there are more Shi’a mosques than Sunni mosques in Bahrain. People can worship what they like in Bahrain—they can worship a tree if they like—and, as I have said, there is a synagogue there. I think freedom of religion is extremely well established in Bahrain.

Bahraini Political Prisoners (13 Jan 2022)

Bob Stewart: I thank the hon. Gentleman for allowing me to intervene. I have looked at this matter and visited the country several times, and there is not, to the best of my knowledge, a prisoner in a Bahrain prison who has not carried out an offence that is much more than speaking out against the regime—like being a member of a terrorist organisation or propagating terrorism.

Defence Supplementary Estimate 2021-22 ( 9 Mar 2022)

Bob Stewart: When I joined my battalion in Bahrain in 1969, it was 750 strong. When I commanded it in 1991, it was 525. It is now less than that, but it is still called a battalion.

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