Bahrain: Political Prisoners

(asked on 1st February 2021) - View Source

Question to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office:

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) torture allegations which include beatings, electric shocks, and sexual abuse against political prisoners at the Royal Academy of Policing in Bahrain and (b) reports that local oversight bodies have failed to credibly investigate those allegations.


Answered by
James Cleverly Portrait
James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
This question was answered on 4th February 2021

The British Government's policy is clear - we condemn the use of torture or mistreatment in all circumstances. We take allegations or concerns of torture and mistreatment very seriously. We urge that all allegations of this nature are reported to the appropriate national oversight body and continue to encourage these bodies to carry out swift, transparent and thorough investigations into any such claims.

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