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Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Andrew Miller Andrew Miller Chair, Science and Technology Committee (Commons), Chair, Science and Technology Committee (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to raise allegations of torture and repression of opposition supporters with the authorities in Bahrain.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The UK regularly raises human rights concerns with the Government of Bahrain, including the importance of investigating any allegations of torture and ensuring those responsible are brought to justice. The UK formally raised this issue, and encouraged Bahrain to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture, during Bahrain's Universal Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Council in May 2012.

I visited Bahrain on 11 June 2012 and raised our concerns about the human rights situation with a wide range of representatives from the Bahraini Government, as well as opposition parties and representatives from civil society.

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