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.
But the reality is very different from the glossy images. In Bahrain – where pro-democracy activists are jailed for years for sending a tweet – the families of UK-based campaigners are detained on the day of the event and told to call their relatives to call off any protests.
Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) say:
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We want to hold Land Rover, Rolex and HPower to account for refusing to treat the infringement of human rights and civil liberties as a serious crime.
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/
Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, having sought refuge in the UK to avoid persecution and torture in Bahrain, has been targeted in reprisal for his human rights activities in the UK.
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. After days of detention without official charge, the three individuals were presented with terrorism charges, based largely on coerced confessions and “confidential sources”.
Security officials interrogated Hajar Mansoor, 49, for three periods each lasting around 11 hours between 5 and 7 March. Officers allegedly forced her to stand for extended periods and humiliated her with abusive language. They also allegedly threatened to cancel the family’s commercial licenses, suspend her husband’s pension payments and arrest her daughter, son-in-law and youngest son.… Read on ...