Tony Blair Visits Bahrain, Meets Bahraini Foreign Minister
Minister of Foreign Affairs Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa met former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Tony Blair, as part of his visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Fawaz bin Mohammed Attends British Conservative Party Conference
Bahraini Ambassador to the United Kingdom Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa and Deputy Head of the Mission Hussain Mohammed Alam attended the annual conference of the ruling British Conservative Party which convened in Manchester, between 1 and 4 October.
Reuters: Lawyers Accuse UK-Backed Bahrain Watchdogs over Torture Inquiry
A group of British human rights lawyers have accused Bahraini oversight bodies funded by Britain’s government of violating international law by allegedly failing to investigate torture allegations against two inmates on death row.
King Hamad Receives Arabian Horse from Queen Elizabeth
King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa received yesterday (Sunday, October 1, 2017) a gift from Queen Elizabeth II, a three-year-old Arabian horse of Bahraini breed produced by the stables of the British Queen and named Hamdani Ra’ad.
Britain, Saudi Arabia Sign Military Cooperation Deal
Britain and Saudi Arabia signed a framework deal on military and security cooperation, Saudi state news agency SPA said on Tuesday, redoubling efforts to counter Iran in the Gulf region and defeat Islamic State.
Qatar to Buy 24 Typhoon Jets from UK's BAE Systems
Qatar's defense minister has signed a letter of intent to purchase 24 Typhoon jets from British defense group BAE Systems, in a move that could anger other Gulf countries boycotting Doha.
Bahraini Embassy in Britain Met Amnesty on Day of Issuing Report
The Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United Kingdom said that the Amnesty International report issued on September 7 contanied “allegations and false conclusions”, stating that in fact it has so far held 9 meetings with it, at the rate of one meeting a month, the last of which was on September 7, 2017.
British Foreign Office Spokesman: We Will Examine Amnesty Int’l Report on Bahrain
British Foreign Office spokesman Edwin Samuel said his government would examine the Amnesty International report, which said that the silence of Britain and the US contributed to the increase in human rights violations in Bahrain.
Quoting Amnesty International, The British daily Said: UK Failed Bahrainis by Whitewashing Violations
The British Morning Star newspaper said that “Britain must stop “lending cover” to human rights abuses in Bahrain, Amnesty International said yesterday as it published a new report on the Gulf kingdom.” The organization warned of a “disastrous decline” in Bahrain’s human rights situation, saying that families have been targeted by the authorities after their relatives protested peacefully in London.
Bahrain Purchases Two Aircrafts worth 30£ amid Fears of Being Used in War on Yemen
A British website revealed that “The government is under fire for the sale of ex-Royal Air Force (RAF) aircraft to Bahrain, amid fears the planes could be used to support the deadly Saudi-led bombardment of Yemen.”
FCO Warns its Citizens in Bahrain of Showing Sympathy for Qatar
Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) warned its citizens in Bahrain of showing sympathy for Qatar whether through social media outlets or by any other means of communication.
British MEPs & HR Groups Send Letter to FCO: Silence on Rajab’s Case “Appalling”
Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) said that 13 British MEPs and human rights organization believe that “the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s silence on the sentencing of human rights figure Nabeel Rajab in Bahrain has been called “appalling” in a letter to the Foreign Secretary.”
Vice Website: British Gov’t Hides Number of Its Foreign Office Files, including Documents about KSA & Bahrain
The British Vice website said that last week the British government released thousands of old files to the National Archives, where audience can now go to see them.
Bahrain Embassy in Britain Warns Bahrainis to Avoid Walking Carrying Valuable Belongings in London after Increasing Robberies
Bahrain Embassy in London warned Bahraini citizens, visitors and residents in the UK to avoid walking in alleys and dark areas and to avoid carrying valuable belongings in public due to the increasing robberies and assaults using liquid substances, such as acid in different tourist attractions in London.
CP Discusses Regional and International Developments with UK Ambassador
Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa met the British Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain, Simon Martin, stressing that the strong ties that bind the Kingdom of Bahrain and the United Kingdom, which span over centuries, led to many achievements between the two countries in all fields.
How Bahrain Uses Sport to Whitewash Legacy of Torture and Human Rights Abuses, The Guardian
Campaign groups argue that Bahrain’s association with glamour sport is used to ‘launder’ a more wholesome image for the country.
The Guardian: UK Approves Arms Sales to Saudis after Airstrike on Yemen Funeral
The Guardian stated that the British government approved £283m of arms sales to Saudi Arabia in the six months after a Saudi airstrike on a funeral that killed scores of people and was criticized by the UN.
Proposal in House of Commons to Condemn Sentence against Nabeel Rajab, Demand his Release
MEP Tom Brake issued a proposal to the House of Commons to condemn the sentence passed on Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights. He also called on the British Government to condemn Rajab’s sentence; and further called on the Government of Bahrain to immediately release him, commute his sentence, drop outstanding charges and to release all human rights defenders.
British Foreign Secretary Calls on Saudi Arabia and its Allies to End Blockade on Qatar
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has called on Saudi Arabia and its Persian Gulf allies to end their blockade and siege of Qatar, playing down the possibility of a military escalation between the two sides.
Bahrain Royal Appears to Admit he 'Beat' Opposition Activists in London, Claims Qatar Directing UK Police
The “Middle East Eye” website said that “a member of Bahrain's royal family has appeared to admit he "beat" pro-democracy activists on London's Oxford Street and accuse British police of being "directed" by Qatar.