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Volume 711: debated on Thursday 11 June 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask the Bahraini authorities to cease the unlawful confiscation of British passports of dual Bahraini-British citizens, and to return any confiscated passports to the holders or to the British consulate, in accordance with international law. [HL4024]

Our embassy in Bahrain has received a number of reports in recent days from British citizens that British passports have been held by the Bahraini authorities. The same citizens said that this had been happening for some time. Our ambassador attended the Foreign Ministry on Sunday 7 June 2009 to demand that this practice ceases and that any British passports currently held by the Bahraini authorities be returned immediately to the embassy.