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To ask Her Majesty's Government what communications they have had with the Government of Bahrain since the beginning of public protests there; what communications they intend to have with that Government in the near future; whether they are emphasising the importance of due process for all persons arrested; and whether they have received information about allegations of disappearances and the outcomes of relevant cases.
The Government have had regular communications with the Government of Bahrain since the beginning of public protests, and these communications are ongoing.
My right honourable friend the Prime Minister spoke by phone to King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on
The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right honourable friend
The Secretary of State for Defence, my right honourable friend Dr Fox, spoke to the Crown Prince on
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, my right honourable friend Alistair Burt, spoke to the Bahraini ambassador by phone on
Our ambassador has also regularly raised the UK's human rights concerns with Ministers across the Bahraini Government, including most recently with the Ministers of Justice, Interior and the Deputy Prime Minister. These include highlighting our concerns that due process should be followed and that those accused should have access to legal counsel and be tried before independent and impartial courts. The Defence Senior Adviser Middle East, Lieutenant General Simon Mayall, raised human rights with the Commander in Chief of the Bahrain Defence Force on
We will continue to make our concerns clear to the Bahraini authorities.