Bahrain: Capital Punishment

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 21st December 2016.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, during her recent visit to Bahrain, the Prime Minister raised with the government of Bahrain the cases of Mohammed Ramadan and eight others who face the death penalty, after convictions based on evidence alleged to have been extracted by torture; and if so, with what result.

Photo of Baroness Anelay of St Johns Baroness Anelay of St Johns Minister of State

It is our longstanding policy to oppose the death penalty in all circumstances in every country. Its use undermines human dignity, has no value as a deterrent and any miscarriage of justice in capital cases is irreparable. We continue to raise this issue with the government of Bahrain at senior levels.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and our Embassy in Bahrain closely monitor a number of cases, including the ones mentioned in his question. We continue to encourage the government of Bahrain to deliver on its international and domestic human rights commitments. We have raised concerns both in public and in private, by having frank discussions including at the most senior levels. The Prime Minister, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for Maidenhead (Mrs May) was very clear during her visit that we want to see Gulf states embed international norms and see through essential reforms.

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