British MPs have urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to open an investigation into the visit of Home Secretary Priti Patel and British Ambassador to Bahrain Roderick Drummond to the Muharraq Police Station in Bahrain.
The six opposition MPs said that the visit of the Minister of Interior to the torture site is disturbing, especially as it comes at a time when Bahrain’s human rights record is under scrutiny.
They explained that Patil’s visit carries the risk of covering up human rights violations, and encouraging individuals and institutions that commit violations.
The deputies said that the minister was accompanied by the chief of Bahrain’s police, who is benefiting from training funded by British taxpayers, and accused of presiding over a culture of impunity.
They clarified that the visit could send a message that Britain will turn a blind eye to human rights violations when committed by its so-called friends.
Another lawmaker said Patil’s visit sums up the government’s failure to promote any positive change in Bahrain.
He added that the pursuit of post-Brexit trade deals should not be an excuse to abandon its human rights obligations.