Brexit Or No Brexit, The UK And EU Must Stand Up For Human Rights

Julie Ward | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK Politics
Julie Ward

Europeans have experienced turbulent elections of late, with populist, authoritarian nationalism pitted against openness, tolerance, and democracy. But in one election after another, voters have chosen more pragmatic and optimistic visions of society. Nowhere was this as clear as in the UK, where the Conservatives' small-islander vision of a buccaneering Brexit Britain was resoundingly rejected in a snap June election.

British Mother Jailed In Bahrain After Fleeing ‘Violent Husband Who Accused Her Of Adultery’

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK

A British woman who was jailed in Bahrain after her husband accused her of adultery is battling to return home. Hannah James was forced to live on ric...

Theresa May Should Leverage Trade To Achieve Better Human Rights In Bahrain

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

Trade - and in particular access to the UK market - gives us leverage, which can be used to secure real improvements in third countries. Merely "encouraging [these countries] and supporting their plans for reform" won't do it.

Belly Of Paris - "Peste"

Debbie Bannigan | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Debbie Bannigan

Belly of Paris may well be the ultimate international collective. Based in Bahrain and bringing together musicians from India, Argentina, Palestine, H...

Britain's Post-Brexit Foreign Policy Is Becoming Clearer - And It's Not Pretty

Mark Curtis | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Curtis

The meaning of this from the rest of Jones's speech is clear - the head of the Royal Navy is seriously saying that British sea power and military force will protect and enhance British financial and commercial interests, including those of the City of London, especially in Asia. This is a clear exposition of the return of imperial gunboat diplomacy that Britain may be envisaging in the post-Brexit world.

Britain's Dangerous and Ignored Special Relationship With Oman

Mark Curtis | Posted 12.08.2017 | UK Politics
Mark Curtis

By retaining faith in repressive pro-Western leaders in the region, backing them to the hilt, supplying them with arms and using their territory to militarily intervene in the region, Britain is continuing its long-standing Middle East policy... It really is time that British journalists find out where Oman is on the map and highlight what their country is actually doing there.

Brexit's Effects Will Ripple Into UK's Foreign Policy in the Gulf

Sayed Alwadaei | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK
Sayed Alwadaei

Boris Johnson's new job as British Foreign Secretary came as a shock surprise to many, but Theresa May's new premiership mark the beginning of the end of the UK's whiplash political crisis, and the UK's entry into the long, drawn out political crisis that is leaving the European Union. But what does that all mean for the UK's Middle East policy?

Philip Hammond's Bahrain Boosterism Is Appallingly Misjudged

Allan Hogarth | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Politics
Allan Hogarth

On the very same day that Mr Hammond was praising all these Bahraini reforms a court in Manama was jailing Sheikh 'Ali Salman, the leader of the country's main opposition party. He got nine years, with an earlier four-year jail sentence supplemented by a further half-decade by the Court of Appeal.

President Obama's Last Opportunity With the Gulf

Sayed Alwadaei | Posted 22.04.2017 | 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 14.04.2017 | 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 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.

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

Sayed Alwadaei | Posted 07.01.2017 | 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 07.12.2016 | 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?