The decision, announced in December 2014, to open a British military base in Bahrain, where under present arrangements there is and can be no meaningful public mandate, is only the most recent of two centuries of colonial and neo-colonial insults to the democratic impulses of the people of Bahrain, workers first and foremost. As such it must be opposed alongside all British state support, both open and covert, for the regime and the market for British armaments and security advisors over which that regime presides. Those arrangements, and the political economy which they sustain, both presume and help reproduce denial of democratic and worker rights.
For several years the Horse Show has provided a platform for the Bahrain royal family – guilty of violently suppressing pro-democracy protests at home – by inviting them as guests of honour; accepting their financial support; displaying Bahrain signage; and naming events after members of the Bahrain royal family, no questions asked. Photographs of the King of Bahrain sat alongside the Queen at the event are trumpeted both within and outside Bahrain as evidence of acceptance by the international community.… Read on ...
SENTENCES HANDED DOWN TO RELATIVES OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER MR ALWADAEI AND SITUATION IN BAHRAIN
This is the title of Early Day Motion 509 that we would like to urge your MP to sign. It can be read here on the Parliament website…
And here is the page through which anyone who needs to can find their MP’s contact details https://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/
United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a document expressing “grave concern” to the Bahraini government at the allegations of arbitrary arrest and detention of three relatives of Sayed Ahmed AlWadaei, as well as death threats and treatment amounting to torture.
Security officers arrested AlWadaei’s brother-in-law Sayed Nazar AlWadaei, mother-in-law Hajar Mansoor Hasan, and maternal cousin Mahmood Marzooq Mansoor in March 2017. They were reportedly targeted in relation to Sayed Ahmed AlWadaei’s human rights work.… Read on ...
The following UCU London Retired Members Branch statements were written on our behalf by David Binns
- Mahdi Abu Dheeb Released, Repression Continues
- Bahrain Trade Union Breakthrough, UCU initiated Joint Statement published (29th September 2015)
- Bahrain: unions launch campaign against UK failure to act on abuses (24th September 2015)
- More on Mahdi Abu Dheeb: News from Amnesty (5th September 2015)
- Support Early Day Motion 241 (11th August 2015)
- Solidarity with the Teachers of Bahrain: News from Education International (8 July 2015)
- UCU Congress debates call for an international union led inquiry into repression in Bahrain (22nd May 2015)
- Oppose Opening of British Base in Bahrain!