Still human rights violations in Bahrain

This video says about itself:

Bahrain’s Grand Prix Sparks Human Rights Protests

19 April 2015

Formula 1’s annual Bahrain Grand Prix opened April 17 to global fanfare, but demonstrators in the small Gulf kingdom off the eastern coast of Saudi Arabia have been protesting the motorsports event for weeks, accusing Formula 1’s management of ignoring longstanding human rights abuses in the country.

This year’s race comes at an awkward time for Bahrain’s ruling al Khalifa family. On April 2, Nabeel Rajab — one of the country’s most prominent human rights activists — was arrested on charges of insulting the kingdom. VICE News was with Rajab shortly before his arrest, when he accused Western governments of turning a blind eye to Bahraini government abuse.

Back in London, activists continue to rally against Britain’s conduct in Bahrain. VICE News met up with members of the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy as they protested the arrival of Prince Nassar bin Hamad al Khalifa — nicknamed the “Playboy Prince” — who has been accused of being involved with the torture of political prisoners.

Watch “Six Months in Jail for a Tweet: Bahrain Update

Watch “Bahrain: An Inconvenient Uprising

Read “Bahrain Arrests Human Rights Champion Nabeel Rajab for ‘Harming Civil Peace’

Pro Human Rights Activists Slam Formula One in Bahrain: here.

From Human Rights First in the USA:

April 04, 2016

Washington, D.C. – In advance of Secretary of State John Kerry’s trip to Bahrain this week, Human Rights First today called on Kerry to publicly raise concerns over the Bahraini government’s continued human rights abuses, including the targeting and imprisonment of human rights activists and peaceful dissidents. The secretary’s visit precedes President Obama’s participation in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) meeting scheduled to take place in Saudi Arabia later this month.

This week secretary of State John Kerry visits one of Washington’s repressive Gulf allies, Bahrain, three weeks before President Obama meets Gulf monarchs at a summit in Saudi Arabia. Bahrain is a long-term Washington military ally and hosts the U.S. Fifth Fleet but violently suppresses peaceful political dissent. Its leading human rights activists are targeted, forced into exile, or jailed: here.

The Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) alongside the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), the European Centre for Democracy and Human Rights (ECDHR) and the Justice Human Rights Organization(JHRO) call for an immediate and impartial investigation into the death of 17-year-old Ali Abdulghani after he died from injuries sustained during his arrest by Bahraini security forces: here.

Britain: Foreign Office appears to have ‘deprioritised’ human rights, say MPs. Foreign Office sent the wrong signal by failing to place Egypt and Bahrain on list of human rights priority countries, says committee: here.

Human rights work has been downgraded by Foreign Office, say MPs. Select committee criticises foreign secretary Philip Hammond in report raising concerns about changing priorities: here.

The Foreign Office Needs to Raise the Profile of Human Rights, Says Foreign Affairs Committee: here.

Business interests trump human rights, laments Britain’s Foreign Affairs Committee: here.

[British] Government accused of prioritising trade over human rights: here.

Tory ministers accused of putting foreign trade deals before human rights: here.

Stopping the rainbow flag being flown over the Foreign Office and embassies during Gay Pride events undermines efforts to promote human rights, MPs have warned. William Hague allowed the international symbol to be raised atop his Whitehall headquarters as Foreign Secretary in 2014 but the practice ended when Philip Hammond took over the role: here.

The Foreign Office has been accused of not taking human rights issues seriously enough: here.

9 thoughts on “Still human rights violations in Bahrain

  1. Wednesday 6th April 2016

    posted by Joana Ramiro in Britain

    Foreign Secretary lambasted by panel of MPs

    FOREIGN Secretary Philip Hammond was accused yesterday of “soft pedalling” over the death penalty and undermining his own department’s work by deprioritising human rights.

    A report by the foreign affairs select committee found that funding for the Foreign Office’s (FCO) dedicated human rights programme has been doubled to £10.6 million.

    But the committee, chaired by Tory MP Crispin Blunt, said Mr Hammond and other Tory ministers have “generated a perception that their work on human rights has become less important.”

    Mr Blunt said: “The actions and words of ministers in the Foreign Office have undermined the excellent human rights work carried out by the department. This needs to be remedied.”

    Changes made by the government to the Foreign Office’s human rights strategy were also criticised by the committee, as they could lead to it “losing the focus of specific human right priorities.”

    Legal charity Reprieve spokeswoman Maya Foa said: “MPs are right to raise these concerns. In recent months
    we have seen a steady downgrading of the government’s commitment to human rights.”

    Mr Blunt’s committee vowed to monitor the Foreign Office’s work on the cases of 11 named political prisoners and to benchmark its progress on human rights.

    They include Andy Tsege, an Ethiopian democracy activist currently imprisoned in Addis Ababa, and Irish teenager Ibrahim Halawa, who was arrested three years ago in Egypt for taking part in a demonstration.

    The government was also criticised by Amnesty International yesterday for putting profits before people by failing to take action against the rising number of executions being carried out by international allies.

    Amnesty director Kate Allen said: “Like the foreign affairs committee , we’re worried that the government has started soft pedalling over foreign countries’ use of the death penalty, preferring to prioritise trade with countries like China, Saudi Arabia or Pakistan.”

    Shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn added: “Tory ministers need to realise that Britain’s standing in the world is diminished if we fail to speak out against the death penalty and abuses of the rule of law.

    “David Cameron should be using Britain’s influence to stand up to repressive regimes, rather than letting human rights slip down his government’s list of priorities.”


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