Bahrain: Prisons

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 23rd April 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, what recent reports he has received on trends in the prison conditions for (a) the Bahrain 13 and (b) other prisoners in Bahrain.

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 Government monitors events in Bahrain closely. Where we have concerns on specific issues, including prison conditions, we raise these at an appropriately senior level with the Bahraini authorities. We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report these to the relevant human rights oversight bodies. We continue to encourage the Government of Bahrain to deliver on its international and domestic human rights commitments.

The UK's support to Bahrain's reform programme includes strengthening independent oversight bodies such as the Ministry of Interior Ombudsman and the Prisoners and Detainees Rights Commission which provide oversight of police conduct and detention standards.

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