British government accused of funding human rights abuses in Bahrain

Money from British aid fund was used to train groups later involved in torture and executions, claims rights group

Human rights group Reprieve has accused the Foreign Office of being complicit in abuses in Bahrain and failing to be transparent about its £5m security and justice reform programme in the kingdom.

Between 2012 and 2017, funding for the programme was largely drawn from the controversial conflict, security and stability fund, which supports global security and peace building in conflict zones, according to freedom of information requests.

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