British military collaboration with torturing Bahrain dictatorship


This video is called Systematic torture in Bahrain.

British General Paul Nanson (fourth left) dines with other commanders in Bahrain

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Sandhurst commander flies to Bahrain for jolly with alumni

THE commander of Sandhurst has flown to the Middle East to dine with foreign alumni from the British military academy.

General Paul Nanson spent time this week in Bahrain, a Gulf monarchy whose autocratic ruler King Hamad trained at Sandhurst and is now patron of the Sandhurst Trust.

Leaders of the Royal Navy’s officer academy in Dartmouth and the Royal Air Force College in Cranwell also took part in the trip to Bahrain for an “inaugural tri-service Middle East alumni event.”

Military personnel from Gulf dictatorships routinely train at armed forces academies in Britain, especially Sandhurst.

Sayed AlWadaei from the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (Bird) told the Morning Star: “King Hamad, himself a Sandhurst graduate, has donated millions of pounds to the school and in return one of the halls of residence now bears his name.

“Sandhurst has a long history of training the Middle East’s most vicious dictators and King Hamad is exemplary in this regard.

“Make no mistake, this toxic relationship should never be normalised.”

The dictators of Jordan and Oman both have buildings at Sandhurst named after them.

Bahraini Khashoggi-style murder prevented in London, England


This 10 August 2019 video from England says about itself:

Bahraini activist says he feared for his life at London embassy

A Bahraini activist says he feared being thrown from the roof of his country’s embassy in London during a protest in July.

Moosa Mohammad scaled the roof of the Gulf state’s embassy to protest against the executions of two Bahraini activists.

Al Jazeera’s Laurence Lee reports from London.

Another ‘Khashoggi’ murder prevented in London, England?


This 9 August 2019 video says about itself:

London police break into Bahrain Embassy and possibly save Moosa Mohammed’s life

New Evidence Reveals Bahraini Embassy Staff [in London] Threatening Life of Protester: here.

This was not the Saudi embassy in Turkey, where Khashoggi was murdered. It was the embassy of the kingdom of Bahrain, a Saudi vassal monarchy, in London.

This 7 August 2019 British TV video says about itself:

Police break down door of Bahrain Embassy in UK after roof protester ‘threatened’

Moosa Mohammed was so keen to protest the imminent execution of two men in Bahrain last month that he climbed onto the roof of the Bahraini embassy in London to unfurl a banner.

Then, as other protestors and police watched from below, the embassy staff appeared to struggle with him. In an unprecedented move police broke in and arrested him. He claims the Bahrainis threatened his life … Mr Mohammed has spoken to our Senior Home Affairs Correspondent Simon Israel who has been investigating what really happened.

French Macron meets Bahraini absolute monarch


Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, right, is greeted by French President Emmanuel Macron before a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, today

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

Macron urged to demand Bahraini king releases political prisoners during state visit

Failing to raise the issue would be ‘a stain on France’s historical commitment to human rights’, Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy said

Hundreds of thousands of French workers demonstrated on Thursday as part of a nationwide public sector strike to oppose the Emmanuel Macron government’s draft law on the “modernization” of the public sector: here.

British Conservatives train Bahraini prison torturers


British Conservative prime minister Theresa May poses with Bahrain's tyrannical king Hamad Bin Isa Khalifa

By Phil Miller in Britain:

Friday, April 26, 2019

Bahraini jail guards visit Britain for training

PRISON guards from a brutal Middle Eastern dictatorship visited Britain for training shortly before Easter, it has emerged.

Their visit was reported in Bahraini newspaper Akhbar Al Khaleej, which supports the regime.

The delegation was led by Brigadier General Abdul Salam al-Araifi, a senior figure in Bahrain’s prison system, it said.

The small Gulf island has the one of the largest proportions of people behind bars in the Middle East.

Many of them are political prisoners jailed for opposing the country’s king Hamad bin Isa bin Salman al-Khalifa.

The newspaper report said the visit was designed “to exchange experiences” and “discuss various aspects of co-operation in developing the work of correctional institutions.”

The visit has alarmed a Bahraini exile in Britain.

Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, director of advocacy at the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (Bird), said it was “appalling.”

Bird is especially concerned that senior officials from Jau prison could have been part of the delegation.

“Multiple reports have highlighted mistreatment and torture in Jau Prison and there are countless recorded cases of authorities denying inmates adequate medical care,” Mr Alwadaei said.

It is not known which prisons in Britain the Bahrainis visited.

The Scottish and Northern Irish prison services told the Morning Star no-one from Bahrain had visited in April.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said it received international visitors “all the time” and did not keep a central log of visits.

However the MoJ said it was not involved in arranging this particular visit, and directed the Star to the Foreign Office – which then did not respond to requests for comment.

Bird said: “It is highly ironic that Bahrain has shown a greater openness about British involvement than the [British] government.

“Parliamentarians must not allow this scandal to pass without asking serious questions.”

Bahraini regime torturers’ British training


This November 2015 video says about itself:

Human Rights Watch Accuses Bahrain Of Torturing Detainees

A new Human Rights Watch (HRW) report says that security forces in Bahrain are still torturing detainees.

By Phil Miller in Britain:

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Human rights campaigners warn academics not to train Bahraini police

‘Instead of training torturers, perhaps the Huddersfield University academics should focus on Bahrain’s unjust criminal justice system,’ Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy says

ACADEMICS from Britain are teaching at a police academy in the Middle East despite concerns that its officers are involved in human rights abuses.

Two Huddersfield University lecturers are visiting Bahrain’s Royal Police Academy to discuss interview techniques.

Psychologists Dr John Synnott and Dr Maria Ioannou are delivering a masters programme in security science on behalf of the university.

Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy advocacy director Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei told the Morning Star: “It’s really shocking to see academics from Huddersfield University equipping the Bahraini police force – which boasts a record of murdering individuals through torture without accountability – with techniques that will only empower state repression.

“Last week, 138 individuals, including children, were sentenced and revoked of their citizenship in a single trial.

“Is this the standard that Huddersfield University expects from their partner?

“Instead of training torturers on how to break victims more efficiently, perhaps academics should focus their efforts on assessing the unjust operations of the Bahraini criminal justice system.”

The Huddersfield scheme was inaugurated by the university’s chancellor Prince Andrew last April.

A spokesperson for Huddersfield University confirmed that it was working with Bahrain’s Interior Ministry, adding: “The masters programme covers subjects including investigative psychology, forensic psychology, computer science (cyber security), forensic science and criminology and includes a dissertation.

“The course is delivered at the academy by Huddersfield staff who usually spend approximately two weeks in the country teaching the students.

“The first cohort of 26 police officers graduated in March this year.”

Bahraini human rights violations protest in London


Bahraini Ali Mushaima protesting at London embassy

By Phil Miller in London, England:

Monday, April 1, 2019

Bahraini opposition leader’s son resumes London embassy protest

THE son of a jailed Bahraini opposition leader has resumed his vigil outside the country’s embassy in London after a six-month gap.

Ali Mushaima returned to Belgrave Square today where he previously spent 46 days on hunger strike.

He re-erected a banner of his father, 71-year-old Hassan, who was sentenced to life imprisonment by a military court in 2011 during the Arab Spring.

Mr Mushaima said: “I find myself having to come back to the embassy as the Bahrain government is deliberately denying my 71-year-old father his human rights, including medical care.

“I don’t want to wait until his health completely fails. I will do whatever I can to fight for justice for my father.”

Mr Mushaima is a cancer survivor who still suffers from diabetes, erratic blood pressure, prostate issues and an ear injury.

The British government has paid to train Bahraini jailers in prison medical procedures, but the Mushaima family says healthcare at Jau prison is inadequate.