Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 28th January 2015.

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Photo of Richard Burden Richard Burden Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has recieved about the imprisonment and welfare of (a) Dr Abduljalil Alsingace and (b) other political prisoners; and what discussions he has had with his counterparts in Bahrain about those matters.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Our Embassy in Bahrain has raised the issue of access to medical treatment for Dr Abduljalil Alsingace, along with a number of other cases, with the Ombudsman for the Ministry of Interior. We encourage the Government of Bahrain to meet all of its human rights obligations, and ensure all defendants have access to the medical care they require. Our Ambassador in Bahrain has raised our broader concerns about detainee rights and prison conditions with the Government of Bahrain at the highest levels, and will continue to do so. The UK has provided support to improving the judicial system by strengthening the checks and balances in the judicial process through working with the Ministry of Justice, Attorney General and the Supreme Judicial Council on the court administration system reform. We have also introduced members from the Attorney General’s Office and the Special Investigation Unit to the experience of the public prosecution services in UK, and will continue to provide technical support to develop independent prosecution services in line with the human rights standards.

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