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Criticism as Queen personally invites king of Bahrain to Windsor despite human rights concerns

The Observer reports on criticism of the Queen personally inviting the king of Bahrain to the Royal Windsor horse show on Sunday, because of human rights concerns around his country.

Jeed Basyouni, who leads Reprieve’s Middle East team, said: “The UK welcomes King Hamad and agrees not to mention the people tortured into making false confessions by his security services.

“And, each year, Bahrain’s rulers return home with the comforting thought that no matter how much pain they inflict on their people, they will still be feted in England.”