Bahrain

Bahrain at UK arms fair

Invited to the Defence Security and Equipment International arms fair in London, despite abuses…

 

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Bahrain is among a number of repressive regimes that have been invited to, and will attend, the arms fair that sells weapons systems from 46 countries.

This is despite the fact that recent months have seen it brutally suppress pro-democracy protests, killing protesters.

In light of such criticism, UK defence secretary Liam Fox said:

Respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms are mandatory considerations for all export licence applications, which we consider on a case-by-case basis.

However MPs pointed out back in April that licences had been granted to Bahrain for items including small arms and armoured personnel carriers, and the regime’s security forces have killed unarmed civilians in recent demonstrations.

 

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Despite the Bahrain government’s insistence to the contrary, reports still widely circulate that torture and arbitrary arrest are widespread in the country.

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Amnesty International has called on Bahrain authorities to release two teachers, arrested after they led a strike in March.

The group said they had been held purely for involvement in peaceful protests, and there are allegations that one of the pair has been tortured during her time in detention.

See the full report at Amnesty International

International panel begins Bahrain investigation

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A five-member commission, headed by Mahmoud Cherif Bassiouni, will begin investigating the five months of protest in the country that left at least 32 dead.

The panel will meet with government and military figures, as well as those involved in protests and those who have been detained.

Findings will be reported by October 30th.