Human rights organisation reports NI-CO to information watchdog for withholding information on its involvement in Bahrain's prison system
Author: Belfast Telegraph (NI), Published on: 17 October 2016
"Company helping Bahrain prison system reported to information watchdog", 13 Oct 2016.
A Foreign Office-paid company has been reported to an information watchdog for failing to reveal details of its work in [Bahrain's] prisons where torture is allegedly rife...human rights organisation Reprieve had requested details of NI-CO's work with the...nation's prison authorities. While NI-CO answered the majority of questions raised in Freedom of Information requests...it withheld information on its liaisons with officials in Bahraini prisons...[the company] maintained [that] the public interest in publishing the information did not outweigh the diplomatic and commercial need to keep it under wraps...[The] submission to the Information Commissioner's Office stated: "It seems contradictory that UK money is being spent to create "accountable institutions" in Bahrain, and yet when Reprieve asks for information about how British staff working towards that objective carried out their work, transparency is refused"...[also refers to Invest NI, Stormont].