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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Britain’s Bahrain Naval Base Facing Legal Challenge: Typhoon Fighter Deal Under Threat

Eurofighter TyphoonBritain’s strategic naval base in Bahrain is courting trouble after a human rights activist announced his plan to challenge the legality of the base, as it allegedly contravenes U.K’s own stated guidelines of honouring the human rights situation in overseas projects during the investment phase.

The rights activist from Bahrain has accused Britain of "sacrificing human rights at the altar of trade and military deals", by ignoring the human rights violations committed by the Bahrain government.

In December 2014, Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond officially announced a new naval base in Bahrain as a renewed commitment to Britain’s military role in the Gulf. For Britain and its allies, the base is strategic and can accommodate Britain's new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers and Type 45 destroyers.

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