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Bahrain: Political Prisoners

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 11th February 2020.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January 2020 to Question 1712, on Bahrain: Human Rights, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies on the provision of Government support to Bahrain's (a) Ombudsman and (b) Special Investigations Unit of the re-imposition of the death sentence for Husain Moosa and Mohammed Ramadhan; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK is committed to supporting Bahrain's oversight bodies, including the Ministry of Interior Ombudsman and the independent Special Investigations Unit. The support we provide to these bodies contributes to the development of both their capacity and capabilities. We have provided assistance in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme contributing to their work to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 16 (strengthening institutions and increasing access to justice).

The capability of these bodies to hold government departments to account has been demonstrated through the prosecution of at least 97 police officers, accused of human rights violations. It was as a result of an investigation by the oversight bodies, that the cases of Mohammed Ramadhan and Hussain Moosa were referred back to the Court of Cassation, leading to a re-trial in the Court of Appeal.

I have publicly reiterated my concern about the death sentences handed down to Husain Moosa and Mohammed Ramadhan. The trial will now be reviewed by the Court of Cassation.

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