British royals’ connection to Bahrain tyranny

According to Wikipedia:

Sophie, Countess of Wessex GCVO (Sophie Helen; née Rhys-Jones; born 20 January 1965), is the wife of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, himself the youngest son of Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Married in 1999, she worked in public relations until 2002 and now supports her husband in his royal duties.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex

From the British Conservative and monarchist Daily Mail today:

Sophie’s gems from despots: Countess faces questions after accepting lavish jewellery gifts from bloody Bahrain

Bahrain’s rulers accused of using brute force and torture to crush pro-democracy protests

Former Foreign Office minister calls for the Countess of Wessex to auction jewels and distribute proceeds to victims of Arab regime

By Rebecca English, Royal Correspondent

Last updated at 2:05 AM on 7th January 2012

The Countess of Wessex’s acceptance of jewels from Bahrain’s royal family has been criticised amid reports of human rights abuses under the regime: here.

The Countess of Wessex has been criticised for accepting two sets of jewels from the royal family of Bahrain: here.

Plainclothes gunmen backed by Bahraini security forces hurled petrol bombs at houses and cars Friday in the Shia village of Dar Kulaib, the Al-Wefaq opposition group said: here.


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