President Obama's Last Opportunity With the Gulf

Sayed Alwadaei | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Politics
Sayed Alwadaei

Here comes one last opportunity: don't squander it. Our own civil rights leaders are in prison. If President Obama mentions no one else, let him raise the case of Zainab Al-Khawaja, or the Saudi youth Ali Al-Nimr who faces crucifixion, and hold them up as high as Rosa Parks. Ordinary acts face extraordinary repression in the Gulf, but there remains a chance to change that.

Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Beyond: The Rampant Hypocrisy Behind UK Foreign Policy

Andrew Smith | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

How can it be the case that peaceful protesters and campaigners are arrested for blocking a road, yet regimes that systematically oppress their own citizens and kill others in wars of aggression are given the red carpet treatment and plied with weapons?

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

Andrew Smith | Posted 06.03.2016 | 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.

Britain's Deal With the Devil: How Money Trumped Values in Saudi Arabia

Sayed Alwadaei | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK
Sayed Alwadaei

The year opens with Saudi Arabia and Britain under scrutiny, and with good reason: the gains of supporting this brutal dictatorship are proving to be as short-lived as they are short-sighted.

Bahrain: The First Step Is Admitting You Have a Problem

Sayed Alwadaei | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK Politics
Sayed Alwadaei

Four years on, Bahrain's only "reforms" have been to legally prohibit protests in the capital, criminalize speech critical of the king and his ministers, and ensure impunity for its security forces. Such "reforms" serve only to insulate the kingdom's repressive tendencies. Systematic torture, a key problem which the BICI identified, continues to be practiced in interrogation centres and prison, as a new report by Human Rights Watch shows.

The Rich Arab Nations That Aren't Doing Anything To Help Syria's Refugees

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK

Every day, refugees risk their lives to escape persecution and war. They travel thousands of miles, hide in car engines, the backs of vehicles and cra...

Open Letter to the Queen - Don't Receive King Hamed at Royal Windsor Horse Show

Sayed Alwadaei | Posted 15.05.2016 | UK
Sayed Alwadaei

Your Majesty, as someone who has suffered at the hands of these men and who campaigns on behalf of many thousands of others who languish in their jails or live under the cosh of their brutal security forces, I respectfully urge you to reconsider associating with King Hamad

Four Years of UK Rights Assistance to Bahrain for What Result? Only More Torture

Sayed Alwadaei | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK
Sayed Alwadaei

If the next Government only cares to sell arms and build trade links with Bahrain, let them at least have the courage to admit that they don't really care for human rights. And if the next Government has the humanity to care, let them show it by actually engaging - publicly - for the respect of human rights there.

Real Life v the Bahraini Grand Prix

Neil Durkin | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Sport
Neil Durkin

It's the Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend, so that's my excuse for mentioning Fast Cars. I'll get back to the F1 stuff in a minute, but first ... more on the mighty Buzzcocks!

Into Bahrain's Jaws of Hell

Nabeel Rajab | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK
Nabeel Rajab

Rather than hold the torturers accountable, Bahrain is covering up its abuses. Rather than improve the situation, they have wilfully allowed its deterioration, which is worse now than during martial law in 2011.

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 ...

Sweden has Set the Bar on How to Deal with Countries Human Rights Abusers, and Britain Should Follow Suit

Sayed Alwadaei | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK
Sayed Alwadaei

The Foreign Office has once again defied the recommendations of human rights experts and refused to list Bahrain as a human rights country of concern in its annual Human Rights and Democracy Report, released earlier this week.

UK Arms Exports Support State Repression

Andrew Smith | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Far from keeping us secure, events like this only strengthen the UK's ties to brutal dictatorships and entrench the government's role as a global arms seller. Furthermore, they undermine the UK's political credibility on human rights and strengthen the position of repressive regimes.

After Marching For Free Speech, Bahrain Jails Activist For Tweet

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK

Bahrain has sentence a human rights activist to six months in prison over a tweet, in a stark contrast to when Bahraini dignitaries joined the march t...

'Je Suis Hypocrite': Bahrain Suppresses Free Expression, Allows Isis Supporters Freedom

Sayed Alwadaei | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK
Sayed Alwadaei

There is no doubt then that no phrase could sum up the Bahraini government more fittingly than Je Suis Hypocrite...

Grim Signs for Bahrain in 2015 as Government Arrests Leading Opposition Politician

Nabeel Rajab | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Politics
Nabeel Rajab

Shaikh Ali Salman is a political heavyweight in Bahrain. He has led Al-Wefaq, the largest political party in Bahrain for over ten years, and on 27 December 2014, he was once again re-elected as Secretary-General of Al-Wefaq at the party's General Assembly. The next day, Shaikh Salman was summoned to the Criminal Investigations Department, where authorities detained him.

Bite the Bullet: Why Britain Should Condemn Bahrain

Sayed Alwadaei | Posted 22.02.2015 | UK
Sayed Alwadaei

Bahrain is failing to improve its human rights record and its ally the United Kingdom is turning a blind eye. As the British Foreign Affairs committee calls on the Foreign Office to come down on Bahraini human rights abuses, we must ask: why isn't the Foreign Office doing just that?

When the Pope Met the Grand Ayatollah, History Was Made

Sayed Mahdi al-Modarresi | Posted 07.02.2015 | UK
Sayed Mahdi al-Modarresi

Last week, with little fanfare and under heavy security, an historic meeting took place in Rome which marked a turning point in interfaith relations. Inside the 16th century Casina Pio IV villa, home to the Vatican's Pontifical Academy of Sciences, seven clerics representing over five billion people overcame lingering traditions of suspicion to commit to the eradication of modern day slavery by the year 2020.

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.

No Moral Nation Can Ally With Assad

James Snell | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Allying with Assad would be worse than poor strategy; it would be morally unacceptable to anyone with an ounce of decency, and to anyone with the slightest stake in identifying and punishing his crimes.

Is Bahrain a Model of an Ally?

Sayed Alwadaei | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK
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Sayed Alwadaei

The Bahraini regime takes particular issue with citizens who freely express themselves via Twitter, as security forces have arrested a number of Bahrainis in recent years for various tweeting offenses.

Human Rights Are Not for Sale: Why the UK Must Stop Arming Bahrain

Andrew Smith | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Arms sales are not apolitical acts. On one hand, they bolster the buyers by giving them a British endorsement as a fig-leaf of respectability, but they also buy the UK government's political support and compliance. As the crackdown continues to escalate it is becoming increasingly clear that decisions being made in support of arms sales are having serious consequences for the victims of state repression.

Jessica Elgot

Arrested For Sending A Tweet, Bahrain Activist Says Britain Ignores Human Rights To Get Gulf Trade | Jessica Elgot | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK

A Bahrain human rights activist currently awaiting trial has told HuffPost the British government bear some of the blame for allowing the repressive B...

The UK Has Picked the Wrong Friends in Bahrain

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Politics
Clive Stafford Smith

Perhaps it is too much to expect that the British should adopt an "Ethical Foreign Policy", as once they promised, but please let us not choose the most immoral alternative. The government must intervene at once to insist that Nabeel's exercise of his right to free speech while he was our guest in Britain cannot form the basis for his detention upon his return home.

US Launches Strikes On Islamic State In Syria, Along With Arab Nations

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK

The US, alongside five Arab nations, has launched airstrikes against key Islamic State targets in Syria, stepping up the offensive to stop the terror ...