Human rights campaigners in the United Kingdom are asking the College of Policing (CoP) to make their figures transparent and they must explain the nature of their work in countries with poor human rights.
According to the Home Affairs Select Committee Members, greater transparency is needed. Many criticised former Foreign Secretary and now Chancellor Philip Hammond for evading the details of deals of the UK with countries having poor human rights records.
In response to a freedom of information request, CoP had released an outline of the courses they offered officials in the country’s interior ministry. However, they did not cite any specific details of the outline as the mention of specific sums each country paid and the issue of “law enforcement and international relations” as huge issues.
“The college’s culture of secrecy around international training must end now,” said Maya Foa, the director of Reprieve’s death penalty team.
“[It] must come clean about its business in Bahrain, where prisoners like Mohammed Ramadan face execution for ‘confessions’ obtained under torture, and the human rights situation gets worse by the day.”
Index’s deputy chief executive, Rachael Jolley, said the country’s “record on human rights and openness should be challenged by the UK government”.
She added: “Index agrees with the home affairs select committee’s recent recommendation that: ‘To ensure that there is proper transparency and accountability, the college must be open about the nature of the international work that it provides.’”
According to a Saudi Businessman, leaving the EU for Britain had the British sell themselves short in properties and cheaper imports.
According to Arabians, Britain’s move was a “monetary suicide” Analysts said Britain had left a continent that fought for six years of destroying dictators, torturers and preventing future war.
Several Gulf governments are tied to Britain, specifically to the leadership of UK Prime Minister David Cameron. The London property market can quickly fall at the mercy of immensely-rich Gulf families. This is not necessarily a benefit described by former London Mayor Boris Johnson and UKIP leader Nigel Farage.
Arabian Journalist Jamal Kashoggi said Russia was another country happy to see the EU broken up. Qatar al-Jazeera journalist Faisal al-Kassim said that when Britain said it would exit, Cameron left immediately. In Syria, when the people said no, the leadership – namely Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, remained in the country and the people left.
The Independent Writer Robert Fisk, said that the UK referendum is but a democratic dream to many nations in the Middle East.
“I’m not talking about the total crackpots – Saddam’s 100 per cent victory in the 2002 Iraqi elections, for instance – but about poor old Egypt which has voted in chains for many years. Just look at that 98.1 per cent for a 2014 constitution which allowed Field Marshal Abdul-Fattah Sisi to stand for president after he had overthrown the elected government of Mohamed Morsi.
“And then we had Sisi’s own 2014 presidential election victory of 96.1 per cent – now that, surely would have Boris and Mike and Nigel slavering with joy if only we Brits had the same patriotic unity as the Egyptian people.”
For eight weeks, the Syrian Regime and Rebels have agreed on a cessation of hostilities. Introduced by the US and Russia, the treaty is now declared dead as airstrikes have destroyed an Aleppo hospital.
The Syrian Regime fighters had attacked the hospital backed by Medicins Sans Frontieres and the International Community of the Red Cross.
Among those killed were recovering patients and doctors. The MSF estimates about 14 patients and two doctors killed in the latest bombing run.
MSF said one was a rare paediatrician in the rebel-held part of Aleppo.
Three children were also included in the list.
Syrian rebels quickly pointed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as the culprit and has breached the truce multiple times. According to UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, more pressure is needed.
“Now is the time for those with influence to apply real pressure to end this spiral of violence.
“Russia has set itself up as protector of the Assad regime, so it has a duty to bring its full influence to bear.”
Syrian rebels also said the Assad Regime had systematically bombed hopitals, schools, markets and a search and rescue centre.
According to an Area Councillor in Aleppo Bara Abu Saleh, the scenario was “like an apocalypse.
“Today around 25 people have been killed in different areas. Just now a rocket landed close but it didn’t explode.”
As conflict in the Middle East continues to escalate, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is reported to have imported to more than 275% of weapons and other caches in the world today. UK defence contractors are estimated to have sold more than £1.56 billion of arms to the country. European state imports are down by 41 per cent.
The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has contained the figures.
“A coalition of Arab states is putting mainly US- and European-sourced advanced arms into use in Yemen,” said Pieter Wezeman, senior researcher with Sipri’s arms and military expenditure programme. “Despite low oil prices, large deliveries of arms to the Middle East are scheduled to continue as part of contracts signed in the past five years.”
Meanwhile, the SIPRI reports that Iran, Saudi Arabia’s perceived rival related to the Sunni and Shia Muslim conflict, has imported “a very low level” of arms following its arms embargoes for more than a decade. Due to the nuclear deal, Iran may be allowed to buy new weapons from its neighbouring countries.
Russia, an ally of Syria and Iran, said it would sign a contract to sell Sukhoi Su-30 SM multi-role fighters to Iran. According to the US State Department, a sale of arms to Iran would violate a UN arms embargo without advance security council approval.
About 800 Sudanese who made their way into Jordan to seek asylum and medical treatment with Jordan’s advanced medical technologies the government had returned to their respective countries on Wednesday.
Jordan Information Minister Mohammed Momani said many of them stowed to Jordan for medical treatment and not to seek asylum.
The Human Rights Watch said the deportation Jordan undertook was inhumane.
It “violates the customary international law principle of nonrefoulement, which forbids governments from returning people to places where they risk being persecuted, tortured, or exposed to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,” it explained.
Jordan has received more than 3,500 Sudanese asylum seekers in Jordan. Many of them came from the western region of Darfur. The war-torn region had seen ethnic conflicts persecute many Sudanese opposition.
Along with Sudanese migrants, Jordan is also hosting about 1.4 million Syrian refugees.
According to HRW Deputy Middle East Director Joe Stork:
“Jordan should not punish these Sudanese merely because they protested for better conditions and for resettlement consideration.”
Analysts believe that Jordan’s economic pressure from taking in refugees had played a role in decision making
Iran, the loyal ally of the Syrian Regime of President Bashar al-Assad, has become a huge threat to Saudi Arabia as Syrian talks proceed in the Vienna Summit.
US Secretary of State John Kerry sits down with both sides as he and others attempt to reconcile the two groups who had used covert methods to turn Syria into a proxy war.
Iran’s Presence Would Unlikely Help
Saudi Arabia, who had spoken its negative views on Iran’s nuclear programme that led to its cutoff from the world economy, said Iran’s presence will unlikely help.
Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said that Iran, whose name was not included in the formal invite, said Iran’s presence must mean they are serious. He said that they will know if the country is not serious if there is no certainty that Basahr al-Assad will step down.
A Deep Mistrust
The deep mistrust between the two countries became imminent after Iranian officials accused Saudis of using an incident in Mecca last month to kidnap a prominent Iranian official Ghazanfar Roknabadi.
The Vienna Summit intends to establish a framework for a “managed transition” to ease Assad out of Syria wherein the two countries would need to reconcile to resolve the issue. Concerned parties argue that the continuing conflict will destroy Syria.
Junaid Hussain, a 21-year-old convicted computer hacker who had joined the Islamic State in 2013 as he fled to Syria, had been killed by a drone strike. The US military considered him a “high-value target” within the Islamic State.
The British national, born in Birmingham, is considered a “top cyber jihadist”. US officials said his death is a serious blow to the Islamic State and his death had sent an “unmistakable message”.
“We need to maintain vigilance and good intelligence to stop future plotting, and ultimately we must destroy the group’s terrorist sanctuary,” Mr McCaul said.
Hussain was jailed for six months in 2012 as he leaked former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s private contacts online nad had made hoax calls to a counter-terror hotline. A skilled computer hacker, the UK Sun newspaper reported his connection to detonate a pressure-cooker bomb at an Armed Forces Day parade in London.
He was part of a computer hacking group called Team Poison, which claimed responsibility for more than 1,400 offences where his personal and private information was illegally extracted from victims in the UK and around the world.
Aside from Hussain, about 700 British nationals have travelled to Syria and half have not returned home.
In an open letter, Obama’s Iran Advisers warn that the implementation of the Iran Nuclear deal may fall short of what is expected of a “good agreement”. The advisers had put out a set of minimum requirements that Iran must agree to in the coming days.
Obama’s negotiators, headed towards Iran concessions that may weaken the international inspection of Iran’s facilities, may compromise the US’ intent to see if Tehran is working on nuclear weapons and Iranian research and development set for developing nuclear fuel by the end of the deal.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had backed away from several preliminary understandings reached between Iran and the United States. This is seen as Khamenei’s resistance to the hardening positions of the American negotiators.
The letter also indicates the increased political risk of final agreements between Iran and the United States. The Republicans may also use the possible risk to shut down the final accord.
According to the letter, the agreement will not prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapons capability. The authors proposed the dismantling of Iran’s nuclear enrichment infrastructure and impose a transparency, inspection and consequences system to deter and dissuade Iran from building future nuclear weapons.
To prevent the crossing of Islamic militants in the Islamic State, Jordan had to close their Iraq and Syrian borders. With business paralysed, the country is in peril of having an Islamic spillover.
The continuing violence in Iraq against the Islamic State and the increasing violence between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the opposition forced the closure of the Syrian-Jordan trade crossing.
The last route to Iraq and Syria, which takes a dangerous route towards Trebil, had many Jordanian businessmen losing their money. Trebil has become an enormously dangerous area.
Jordan’s total exports decreased nearly 17 percent in just two months into 2015. Jordan’s farmers and manufacturers are hard-hit by the border closure as Iraq and Syria are Jordan’s major markets.
Jordan, now suffering from handling Syrian refugees, is planning to enlist in the Jordanian army.
The IS allows the passing of cargo trucks with a price of $2,000, which are hurting Jordanian truckers.
Along with Jordan, Lebanon’s economy is suffering as it is losing its export market as it closed its own borders against Syria and Iraq. Jordan’s crossing will not open unless Islamic fighters amongst Syria’s rebels, the al-Nusra front, are still active.
Jordan and Lebanon both plan to introduce their market to East Africa or Russia. They both intend to build an infrastructure of relations with the two countries.
A homemade bomb hidden inside a mosque exploded after the suspect led the police authorities towards the bomb. According to the Bahraini Interior Ministry, the bomb squad arrived on the scene but the bomb had exploded after they had secured the area.
The bomb had ripped through the bathroom and destroyed a portion of the Muqsha Village Mosque. No casualties had been reported.
Muqsha is at the west of the Bahraini capital Manama.
Police suspect seven other people involved in the deadly bombings that targeted Bahraini security forces.
The attacks have never stopped after the 2011 “Arab Spring” which had majority of Shiite Muslims demand political reforms in the country.