Democracy and Human Rights in the Gulf APPG

First Registered: 24/11/2016 • Last updated on: 06/10/2021

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To protect and promote human rights and democracy in Gulf countries.

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Recent Documents related to Democracy and Human Rights in the Gulf

1. APPG Report on UK funding facilitating human rights abuses in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia
07/07/2021 - Early Day Motions

Found: July 2021 report by the APPG on Democracy and Human Rights in the Gulf which shows that at least £53.4

2. Bahrain: Human Rights
07/03/2019 - Parliamentary Research

Found: Eren Waitzman | 7 March 2019 Bahrain: Human Rights QSD on 13 March 2019 This briefing identifies

3. Ten years on from Bahrain's Arab Spring uprising of February 2011
08/02/2021 - Early Day Motions

Found: Arab Spring and the beginning of Bahrain’s pro-democracy uprising on 14 February 2011; endorses the demands

4. Human rights abuses and UK assistance to Bahrain
07/09/2018 - Parliamentary Research

Found: PACK Number CDP-0197 | 7 September 2018 Human rights abuses and UK assistance to Bahrain Compiled

5. Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust - written evidence
09/09/2019 - Inquiry: Beyond Aid: The UK’s Strategic Engagement in Africa - Foreign Affairs Committee
- View source

Found: people’s pursuit of lasting peace, freedom and democracy.  UK policy towards Sudan The initiation of the

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Democracy and Human Rights in the Gulf

1. Integrated Activity Fund: Transparency
22/10/2020 - Westminster Hall

1: £20 million each year to countries accused of human rights abuses, so the last thing the Government should - Speech Link
2: just outlined, the need for any reform within the Gulf Co-operation Council countries may not necessarily - Speech Link
3: Minister.Considering the accusations from human rights groups over the legitimacy of this fund, the - Speech Link

2. Bahrain
11/09/2018 - Westminster Hall

1: to move,That this House has considered human rights abuses and UK assistance to Bahrain.It - Speech Link
2: distinguished lawyer and is particularly keen on human rights, touches on an issue I will spend some time - Speech Link
3: chair of the all-party group on democracy and human rights in the Gulf, I really welcome this debate. - Speech Link

3. Bahrain: Human Rights Abuses
25/03/2021 - Lords Chamber

1: evidence they have, if any, that the number of human rights abuses in Bahrain has declined in the last two - Speech Link
2: criminals without addressing human rights concerns. BIRD and Human Rights Watch revealed that these children - Speech Link
3: deal directly with Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch; I raise any cases raised in those meetings - Speech Link

4. Bahrain: Human Rights
13/03/2019 - Lords Chamber

1: pleased to move this important debate on human rights issues in Bahrain. I start by thanking noble Lords - Speech Link

5. UK Relations with Qatar
10/12/2020 - Westminster Hall

1: European Union that we should have a functioning Gulf Co-operation Council. As long as the blockade persists - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Democracy and Human Rights in the Gulf
1. Democracy and Human Rights
asked by: Jim Shannon
... whether his Department has formal mechanisms for incorporating civil society input when preparing his Department's Human Rights and Democracy reports and briefings.

2. Democracy and Human Rights
asked by: Thangam Debbonaire
... when his Department next plans to publish the annual report on human rights and democracy abroad.

3. Democracy and Human Rights
asked by: Jim Shannon
... if he will invite submissions from civil society during the process of preparing his Department’s Human Rights and Democracy report.

4. Gulf States: Human Rights
asked by: Alistair Carmichael
... what assessment the Government has made of the implications for its policies of the findings in that report that the beneficiaries of the Government's Integrated Activity Fund and Gulf Strategy Fund have facilitated and perpetrated human rights violations and potential war crimes and that the Government has made misleading and deceptive statements about those funds.

5. Gulf States: Human Rights
asked by: Alistair Carmichael
... what assessment the Government has made of the implications for its policies of the recommendations in that report; and if the Government will publish a response to that report.

Latest Questions
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12 Current APPG Officers
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Peter Bottomley
Vice Chair
Conservative - Worthing West
Joined: 8th April 2020
69 APPG Memberships
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Lord Scriven Portrait
Lord Scriven
Vice Chair
Liberal Democrat - Life peer
Joined: 18th July 2018
No other APPG Memberships
Andrew Gwynne Portrait
Andrew Gwynne
Vice Chair
Labour - Denton and Reddish
Joined: 14th July 2021
Martyn Day Portrait
Martyn Day
Scottish National Party - Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Joined: 14th July 2021
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

Brendan O'Hara MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 8783.


Public Enquiry Point:

Josie Thum, Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy, Suite 16, Exhibition House, London W14 8XP. Tel: 07828 876 464


Benefits in Kind
5 Jun 2018
Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy
Secretariat   From : 05/06/2018 To : 04/06/2019

No direct financial benefits are on record for the Democracy and Human Rights in the Gulf APPG

Former APPG Officers
Karen Lee Portrait
Karen Lee
Vice Chair
Labour - Former Member for Lincoln
Joined: 18th July 2018
Departed: 11th September 2019
No other APPG Memberships
Margaret Ferrier Portrait
Margaret Ferrier
Chair & Registered Contact
Independent - Rutherglen and Hamilton West
Joined: 24th November 2016
Departed: 2nd May 2017
Helen Grant Portrait
Helen Grant
Vice Chair
Conservative - Maidstone and The Weald
Joined: 24th November 2016
Departed: 2nd May 2017