Despite promises of reform after the violent crackdown in 2011, repression in Bahrain has intensified. Those who speak up for democratic reform face being tortured and locked up, or sent into exile.
The UK government is still prioritising arms sales over human rights in Bahrain – even sending Prince Andrew to help sell BAE's Eurofighter Typhoons. Bahrain has no military need for fighter jets, but it does have a political need: buying UK weapons is also buying UK silence on Bahrain's human rights abuses.
- Please ask your MP to take action to promote human rights, not arms sales, to Bahrain. Enter your postcode to find your MP.
The UK government spends public money pushing arms sales, often to authoritarian regimes and human rights abusers.
Cameron's on a huge push to sell fighter jets to authoritarian regimes in the Gulf. But these tyrants aren't just buying weapons; they are also buying silence on their appalling human rights records too.
- Please ask your MP to speak out by signing EDM 503 a parliamentary petition against arms sales to authoritarian regimes.
The London Transport Museum is sponsored by Thales, a huge arms company.
Thales supplies missiles, drones and other military products and it has armed repressive regimes such as Saudi Arabia, Russia, Colombia, Kazakhstan and the UAE. It has used the Museum's room for weapons sales meetings.