Families of Bahrain's political prisoners have claimed Britain is ignoring the brutal oppression in that country and actively opposing democracy efforts as the Queen prepares to welcome the Gulf state's Royals.
Amid a storm of negative publicity around the appearance of the Bahrain royals at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, Prince Andrew today ducked out of a key-note speech at a UK-Bahrain promotional event on Friday, claiming he was double-booked. But the Queen's son has previously made no secret of his approval of the country.
This coming week, days after the Royals depart, Bahrain Watch says Britain is set to fast-track the deportation of 19-year-old Isa Haider al-Aali, a Bahraini put on trial three times on politically-motivated charges for his protests against the government. Al-Aali, who applied for political asylum in Britain, faces five years in prison when he returns.
"The conflict is on British soil now," said Ala'a Shahabi, the London-based co-founder of Bahrain Watch, whose husband was arrested and jailed for his pro-democracy activism.....