Bahraini activist files a case against planned British base in Bahrain

SHAFAQNA – According to Independent Newspaper report , The Government is set to face a major legal challenge over a controversial new Royal Navy base in Bahrain, amid accusations that Britain has “sacrificed” human rights at the “altar of trade and military deals”.This week Moosa Mohammed, a prominent Bahraini human rights activist who was granted refugee status in the UK in 2013 after he claimed he was tortured and abducted by the regime in Bahrain, is set to seek a judicial review over the decision.His case is based on the fact the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has admitted it did not take the human rights situation in Bahrain into account while agreeing the £15m base, which is being funded primarily by Bahraini Royal family.

The report said ” Mr Mohammed’s lawyers will claim that the MoD should have followed the Overseas Security and Justice Assistance (OSJA) guidance set out by the Government in 2011. These rules call on ministers and civil servants officials consider “human rights implications” on security and justice agreements with Britain’s allies overseas.”

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