A nine-year prison sentence against the Bahraini opposition leader Sheikh 'Ali Salman was upheld yesterday by a Bahraini Appeal Court after a retrial, in another blow to freedom of expression in the country.
Since the collapse of peace talks, the Saudi-led coalition has intensified its devastating bombing campaign in Yemen. Campaigners have called on Prince Charles to publicly raise human rights concerns and condemn the ongoing repression in Oman, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain during his current tour of the states.
In a shocking attack on the right to freedom of expression Bahrain’s authorities yesterday upheld the conviction of opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman and increased his prison sentence from four to nine years for giving speeches in which he criticised the government, says Amnesty International.
Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) has said it will monitor the case of a British father held in Ethiopia, among other cases, amid concerns that the government has lessened its commitment to ending human rights abuses abroad.