United Arab Emirates: Prisoners

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 14th November 2018.

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Photo of Martyn Day Martyn Day Scottish National Party, Linlithgow and East Falkirk

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made with his Emirati counterpart on the recent allegations of systematic torture and abuse of female prisoners in Abu Dhabi’s al-Watbha jail.

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 are not aware of allegations relating to mistreatment or torture of female prisoners in Al-Watbha jail and have not made representations on this matter. Where the UK has concerns about human rights, we continue to raise them in private with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or in partnership with the EU Delegation to the United Arab Emirates

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