Lisa Nandy – 2020 Comments on Human Rights in Bahrain

The text of the comments made by Lisa Nandy, the Shadow Foreign Secretary, on 13 July 2020.

In a case where the UK is clearly able to exert influence, the Government must not remain silent.

The torture of Mohamed Ramadhan and Hussain Moosa was horrific and clear evidence presented that their confessions coerced. The UK Government cannot claim to be standing up for pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong but fail to apply the same principles to Bahrain.

Last week Ministers acknowledged the ‘close and important’ relationship between the UK and Bahrain. The Foreign Secretary must come to the House of Commons on Tuesday and assure MPs that we will not be bystanders when we have the opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to defending human rights.