Bahrain: Torture

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 11th January 2018.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, reference to his Department's Torture and Mistreatment Reporting Guidance how many reports he received from his staff in Bahrain between August 2016 and November 2017.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has received two reports containing such allegations and has logged them in accordance with the FCO’s guidance. Neither of the reports came from staff in Bahrain. We have raised our concerns over these allegations with the Government of Bahrain. The UK continues to encourage the Government of Bahrain to deliver on its international and domestic human rights commitments. We also encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report these to the relevant human rights oversight bodies.

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