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Funding Human Rights Abuses In Bahrain

EDM number 1266 in 2017-19, proposed by Jonathan Edwards on 15/05/2018.
Categorised under the topics of Human rights, International development, International politics and government, Middle East and Prisons.

That this House notes with dismay that human rights abuses are commonplace in Bahrain; further notes that 14 civilians were placed on death row in 2017; condemns that forced confessions through torture are often accepted as evidence when sentencing civilians; deplores that several Bahraini human rights defenders and their families have been wrongly sentenced and imprisoned; notes that the Government is providing £5 million of technical assistance to the Bahraini regime and a further £1.5 million is to be spent in the financial year 2017-18; notes that this funding has been spent on supposedly bipartisan institutions that are responsible for handling allegations of torture, but to which the UN Committee Against Torture has referred to as not independent and not effective; believes that the refusal of the Cabinet Office to disclose any information about the Foreign and Commonwealth's Integrated Activity Fund in a recent freedom of information request is an unprecedented development in the history of technical assistance which signifies that the Bahraini funding programme is now less transparent than ever before; and calls on the Government to publish details of the Integrated Activity Fund as a matter of urgency and to categorically confirm that the Integrated Activity Fund is not being used to undermine human rights in Bahrain.

This motion has been signed by a total of 21 MPs.

Jonathan Edwards15/05/2018Carmarthen East and DinefwrPlaid CymruProposed
Ben Lake15/05/2018CeredigionPlaid CymruSeconded
Hywel Williams15/05/2018ArfonPlaid CymruSeconded
Liz Saville Roberts15/05/2018Dwyfor MeirionnyddPlaid CymruSeconded
Martyn Day16/05/2018Linlithgow and East FalkirkScottish National PartySeconded
Jim Shannon16/05/2018StrangfordDUPSeconded
David Linden16/05/2018Glasgow EastScottish National PartySigned
Chris Stephens16/05/2018Glasgow South WestScottish National PartySigned
Lady Hermon17/05/2018North DownIndependentSigned
Jim Cunningham17/05/2018Coventry SouthLabourSigned
Kelvin Hopkins17/05/2018Luton NorthLabourSigned
Caroline Lucas22/05/2018Brighton, PavilionGreenSigned
Mary Glindon24/05/2018North TynesideLabourSigned
Sandy Martin05/06/2018IpswichLabourSigned
Alan Brown12/06/2018Kilmarnock and LoudounScottish National PartySigned
Drew Hendry12/06/2018Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and StrathspeyScottish National PartySigned
Hannah Bardell13/06/2018LivingstonScottish National PartySigned
Douglas Chapman14/06/2018Dunfermline and West FifeScottish National PartySigned
Alex Norris27/06/2018Nottingham NorthLabour/Co-operativeSigned
John Grogan24/07/2018Signed
Tommy Sheppard04/09/2018Edinburgh EastScottish National PartySigned

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