Bahrain Protests

Five Years on From the Uprising, the UK Is Still Fuelling Oppression in Bahrain

Andrew Smith | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Last month made it five years since activists across Bahrain rose up against the authoritarian Al-Khalifa regime. Their protests followed the Arab Spring movements that had taken off across the Middle East and represented a peaceful call for human rights and democracy.

Bahrain Prince's London Instagram Selfie Leads To Calls For Arrest

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK

A Bahraini prince who Instagrammed a selfie of him running alongside the trumpeting Household Cavalry in Hyde Park this week should be arrested while ...

Detained for a Tweet, But We Have No Fear to Speak Out!

Nabeel Rajab | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Politics
Nabeel Rajab

Human rights defenders are not against the British, European, or American interests in Bahrain. Their interests align with a democratic Bahrain, and we should strive to have business relations which take into account human rights. We would just like these countries to hold Bahrain accountable for human rights violations and to urge the Bahraini government to reform and adhere to democratic ideals.

The UK Is Betraying the People of Bahrain

Andrew Smith | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Without justice there can be no peace in Bahrain, and that won't change as long as the UK is happy to promote and provide political cover for an illegitimate government that is inflicting untold misery on its own citizens. Only by ending the political and military support that is strengthening the regime can the UK ensure that it is promoting human rights and acting the best interests of the people of Bahrain.

Jessica Elgot

This Woman Wants To Tell You About The Arab Revolt We've All Forgotten (INTERVIEW) | Jessica Elgot | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK

Maryam al-Khawaja has fled her home, to live in a country where she has no family or community. Her father is serving a life sentence behind bars, her...

Jessica Elgot

Protest Planned Ahead Of Windsor Horse Show Visit By Bahrain Royals | Jessica Elgot | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK

Families of Bahrain's political prisoners have claimed Britain is ignoring the brutal oppression in that country and actively opposing democracy effor...

Bahrain Conference Can't Gloss Over Reality of Torture and Oppression

Dr Patrick Roach | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Patrick Roach

On Friday, HRH the Duke of York is expected to open a conference in London which will highlight what is claimed to be the "mutual respect and tolerance" enjoyed by those who live in Bahrain. We ask that he thinks again and do the right thing by withdrawing from the event.

Do Protests In Bahrain Really Matter?

The Huffington Post UK | Amelia Amin | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK

After hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets in Bahrain and fought with security services to mark the third anniversary of the Arab spring-insp...

Formula for Disaster

James Elliott | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Sport
James Elliott

Beneath the royal weddings, Formula One races and other events that bore many normal people (myself included), the Anglo-Bahraini relationship is purely material. Bahrain has at least ten years of oil reserves left, and produces 40,000 barrels a day, representing a serious resource pool for British energy needs.

Bahrain: The Bigger Picture

Salman Al Jalahma | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK Politics
Salman Al Jalahma

In reality, Bahrain has an extremely complex political and societal fabric that needs to be understood. The vast spectrum of opinions consequently led to the formation of 21 political societies, all whose voices need to be considered to ensure change by consensus.

Bahrain's Black Flag Grand Prix

Neil Durkin | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

Like last year and the year before that (when the Bahrain race was cancelled), the imminent arrival of hi-tech racing cars, celebrity drivers, harassed team crews (and doubtless several crates of soon-to-be-wasted Moët) on the tiny island state of Bahrain has now become an annual occasion for examining the country's human rights record. That record, like the famous Formula One finishing flag, is ... well, extremely chequered.

Bahrain Police Question British TV Crew

The Huffington Post UK/PA | David Hobbs | Posted 19.04.2013 | UK

A British TV crew were held and questioned at a police station in Bahrain as they filmed ahead of Sunday's Grand Prix. The ITV team of five had tra...

United Risk Row Over Denis Law's Bahrain Visit

The Huffington Post UK | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 12.04.2013 | UK Sport

Manchester United have run the risk of a political row after it emerged club legend Denis Law would be visiting Bahrain to attend the Reds's latest so...

PHOTOS: Temperatures Rise In Bahrain As F1 Grand Prix Nears

The Huffington Post UK | David Hobbs | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK

Updated: 12 April 2013 information from race organisers Tension in Bahrain is rising again as the country prepares for next weekend's Grand Prix, 1...

Doha, Beckham and the 'Arab Summer'

Damon Boughen | Posted 11.02.2013 | UK Politics
Damon Boughen

Several people this week found out that Qatar existed after the signing of David Beckham to Paris St. Germain.

Bahrain Protests Grow After Video Shows Alleged Police Brutality (PICTURES, VIDEO)

The Huffington Post UK | David Hobbs | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK

Bahrain authorities have launched an investigation into alleged police brutality after officers were secretly filmed beating up an unarmed man. The...

UK Government Must Act to End the Ongoing Repression of Teachers in Bahrain

Dr Patrick Roach | Posted 19.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Patrick Roach

The NASUWT has provided evidence of the scale of human rights abuses in this case to Government ministers and the Bahrain Embassy, yet Ministers here appear unwilling to challenge robustly the Bahraini authorities. Why?

'What Have We Got To Lose?'

The Huffington Post UK | David Hobbs | Posted 27.09.2012 | UK

Protesters in Bahrain have stepped up their campaign against the country's rulers and moved their demonstrations into the capital, where they have bee...

Arab Spring - Revolution & Counter-Revolution

James Denselow | Posted 14.09.2012 | Home
James Denselow

Reuters correspondent Lin Noueihed and Middle East analyst Alex Warren have written an comprehensive account of the revolution and counter-revolution underpinning the Arab Spring over a year after its inception.

The Crown Prince and the Comedian: When Salman met Bernie

David Hobbs | Posted 21.06.2012 | UK Sport
David Hobbs

There was some eloquent PR spin from Crown Prince Salman al-Khalifa as he took a leisurely stroll around the Sakhir circuit paddock with F1's boss, Bernie Ecclestone. Both were mobbed by reporters naturally hungry for comment on the political-cum-social-cum-sporting situation (or fiasco depending on your point of view) in the kingdom, but only one of them really made an effort to answer the questions and offer valid thoughts on Bahrain's problems.

PICTURES: Demonstrations Intensify Ahead Of Sunday's Race

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.06.2012 | UK

The body of a man has been found following clashes between protesters and police overnight in Bahrain. The victim had been shot, according to activist...

Ecclestone Under Fire From Hunger-Striker's Wife Over Bahrain GP

The Huffington Post UK/PA | David Hobbs | Posted 18.04.2012 | UK

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has been accused of "ignoring" the plight of a jailed Bahraini activist who has been on hunger strike for two month...

Will the Women of the Arab Spring be forgotten?

Helena Williams | Posted 16.02.2012 | UK
Helena Williams

A year ago Tunisian fruit vendor Mohamed Bouazizi torched himself out of economic despair. Little did he know that his act would spark the uprisings that tore through the Middle East and North Africa in 2011.

Phone Hacking: Resigned Commissioner Yates Finds Work In Bahrain

PA | Posted 03.12.2011 | UK

Former Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner John Yates has been appointed to oversee reform of the police force in Bahrain, it has been reported...

The 'Arab Spring' and Ramadan

Maan Al-Majali | Posted 17.09.2011 | UK
Maan Al-Majali

The Holy month of Ramadan kicks off on August 1st - how will this affect the current political stalemates we are seeing across the Middle East?