The US and UK continue to supply arms to the Saudi-UAE coalition despite international condemnation

The crisis in Yemen has worsened with the involvement, since 2015, of the Saudi Arabia/United Arab Emirates (UAE)-led coalition, which has conducted thousands of airstrikes against the rebel Houthi movement as well as civilian infrastructure. The coalition’s efforts are facilitated by weapons manufactured in Western countries like the United States (US), which have served to[…]

UK opens new military base in Bahrain despite Gulf Kingdom’s Human Rights Violations

The United Kingdom recently opened a military base in Bahrain in an effort to bolster its role as a “major player” in the Middle East. Presiding over the formal ceremony last Thursday, Prince Andrew officially opened the base in front of a crowd including Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa. The base is the[…]

Al Arabiya News fined £120,000 ($170,000) for violating privacy of Bahraini torture survivor

25 January 2018 – Saudi broadcaster Al Arabiya has been fined £120,000 ($171,556) by Ofcom, a British communications regulatory body, for infringing on the privacy of imprisoned Bahraini political leader and torture survivor Hassan Mashaima. The penalty follows the regulator’s decision, in April 2017, that Al Arabiya would face sanctions for broadcasting a recorded testimony[…]

UK continues to sell arms to Saudi Arabia despite allegations of war crimes in Yemen

Since Saudi Arabia entered the conflict in Yemen in March 2015 and began to conduct airstrikes, the British government has sold the kingdom more than £3.6 billion worth of arms. Throughout the duration of its involvement in the conflict, the Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen (formed by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries, such as Kuwait,[…]

HRC36 Bahrain Intervention: Item 4 and the Failure of the Council to Act on Bahrain

On 19 September during the 36th session of the Human Rights Council, Sam Walton delivered an oral intervention on behalf of Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain during the Item 4 General Debate. In the intervention, ADHRB expressed concern over the Council’s failure to adequately address Bahrain’s widespread and systematic human rights abuses,[…]