Bahrain: Political Prisoners

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 17th September 2020.

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Photo of Wera Hobhouse Wera Hobhouse Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Justice), Liberal Democrat Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Women and Equalities)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of (a) the article written by Bahraini political prisoner and rights activist Ali AlHajee, published by the Independent on 15 August 2020 and (b) Mr AlHajee’s request that the Government call for the release of all political prisoners in Bahrain.

Photo of James Cleverly James Cleverly Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

We are aware of the allegations contained in Mr Al Hajee's article, which have been investigated by Bahrain's independent human rights oversight bodies. The UK Government takes note of a number of sources of information on Bahrain when making assessments. Our latest assessment was published as part of our Human Rights and Democracy Report in July 2020.

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