Bahrain: Political Prisoners and Torture

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 15th November 2018.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative, Huddersfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many political prisoners there are in Bahrain; and how many people who have been found to have administered torture have been tried and imprisoned.

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)

We do not hold figures for the number of prisoners in Bahrain.

The United Kingdom encourages those with concerns about treatment in detention to report them to the appropriate oversight body. We also encourage the oversight body to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such reports.

The oversight bodies issue statistics on their investigations in public statements and reports. Such reports are available on the oversight websites. The UK does not hold figures for those prosecuted as a result of investigations.

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