British goverment helps Saudis kill Yemeni civilians


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Airstrike Hits Refugee Camp in Yemen, Killing 21: Report

30 March 2015

Humanitarian workers told Reuters that an airstrike hit the area of the Mazraq refugee camp in northern Yemen Monday, killing 21 people.

By Paddy McGuffin in Britain:

Saudis got 400-hour bomb lesson from British experts

Saturday 16th April 2016

BRITISH military personnel have provided nearly 400 hours of targeting training to Saudi Arabian forces since the start of the bombing campaign they lead in Yemen.

Human rights organisation Reprieve released the information yesterday after it made a freedom of information request of the government.

The official response details a variety of training courses given by British personnel to Saudi air and land forces since the bombardment commenced in March 2015.

In July 2015, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon told Parliament that Britain provided “no aircraft or training in direct support of Saudi operations.”

But it emerged in January that British advisers were present in Saudi military control rooms.

“Claims by ministers that Britain is helping the Saudi government abide by the law are disingenuous,” said Reprieve caseworker Omran Belhadi.

“Extensive British ‘targeting training’ has done nothing to prevent the bombing of schools, hospitals and weddings and the deaths of thousands of Yemeni civilians.”

Human rights groups have expressed grave concern over Britain’s involvement in a campaign which has been strongly criticised for the number of civilian deaths caused by the aerial assaults.

In fact, the UN has accused Saudi Arabia of “widespread and systematic” attacks on civilians in Yemen.

“The UK claims its support to the Saudi-led campaign is necessary to combat terrorism — but killing innocents doesn’t make us safer,” said Mr Belhadi.

“Ministers must urgently reconsider the UK’s support for these abuses.”

That support has included “targeting courses” for the Saudi Air Force by RAF specialists in artillery, targeting and “weaponeering” — designing attacks around weaponry — as well as training in the “better employment” of the British-supplied Storm Shadow cruise missile.

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Bahraini government violates human rights, British government helps


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Bahrain‘s UK-funded judicial system fails to improve, torture continues

15 February 2016

Continuing torture and mistreatment of detainees – those are the findings of reports on Bahrain by leading human rights groups.

In 2015, the UK government gave more than 2-million pounds to Bahrain to help with reforms.

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I hope this letter finds its way out of this prison in Bahrain. I sit here in the dark in prison cell 19, I look past my baby at the shining prison bars. This is a new prison, new walls, new paint and new metal bars, by Zainab Alkhawaja: here.

Bahrain: Six Suspects Sentenced 7-10 Years in Prison over Burning Tires: here.

Bahrain court sentenced five citizens to 45 years in prison, stripped their nationalities: here.

Insight – Bahrain punishes opponents by revoking their citizenship: here.

Amnesty International is calling on the Bahraini authorities to mark the country’s staging of the Grand Prix this weekend by immediately and unconditionally releasing all prisoners of conscience held in the country: here.

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