Thank you for contacting me about human rights in Bahrain, and in particular about the treatment of the leader of the political opposition, Hasan Mushaima.
I share your concerns and 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, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
The UK has been providing a range of technical and practical assistance to the Government of Bahrain since 2013 to bring about improvements in the robustness of their 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. 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 is continuing the monitor the case of Hasan Mushaima. Responsibility for the provision of medical care to Hasan Mushaima lies with the Government of Bahrain, who have made clear that access to medical care is guaranteed to all detainees under their Constitution. I welcome these assurances. We would urge those with concerns about treatment in detention to raise them with the appropriate Bahraini oversight body.
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.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.