Bahrain: Freedom of Expression

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 9th July 2019.

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Photo of Lord Scriven Lord Scriven Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 24 June (HL16330), what further representations they will make to the government of Bahrain about protecting freedom of expression for all Bahrainis in line with its international obligations; and what specific representations they have made to that government after it threatened Bahrainis with legal action if they follow anti-government social media accounts.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

​We have a close relationship with Bahrain which allows us to have constructive and frank discussions where we have concerns, including on freedom of expression. We continue to encourage the Government of Bahrain to protect freedom of expression for all of its citizens, in line with its international obligations. The UK supports freedom of expression and freedom of speech as both a fundamental right in itself and as an essential element of a full range of human rights.

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