Human Rights in Bahrain (Mohamed Ramadhan and Husain Moosa)

I share concerns and understand the depth of feeling on this issue. Human rights and democracy are fundamental to the values the UK champions on the world stage. That is why I am glad Bahrain is a human rights priority country for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

Like you I am deeply concerned about the death sentences given to Mohamed Ramadhan and Husain Moosa. The Government of Bahrain is fully aware that the UK is firmly opposed to the death penalty, in all circumstances. The UK has and will continue to monitor the cases closely and raise concerns with senior members of the Bahraini Government. I am told that technical assistance to Bahrain, which is kept under regular review, is provided in line with international standards, and fully complies with our domestic and international human rights obligations.

The UK Government’s relationship with the Government of Bahrain allows it to speak honestly about a range of issues, including human rights and press freedom, and it does not shy away from sharing concerns at a senior level. The UK has urged the Government of Bahrain to protect freedom of expression for all its citizens in line with its international commitments. The UK's position on the use of the death penalty is also longstanding and clear. The UK opposes its use in all circumstances and countries.

The UK will continue to support Bahraini-led reform by providing a range of technical expertise to promote the rule of law and further develop the work of Bahrain’s human rights oversight bodies. I believe that working together in this way offers the best opportunity to see the positive changes which the Government of Bahrain has committed to implementing, including on international agendas such as women’s empowerment and combating modern slavery.

I hope this helps to clarify the UK’s commitment to addressing Bahrain’s human rights record, and I will continue to follow developments closely and engage with Ministers.

With best wishes
Neil