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Lobby the University to End Ties To "Torture HUB"

by TRISTAN SMITH 20 February 2020, 19:36

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The University of Huddersfield runs a Masters course in security science for officers and recruits at the Royal Academy of Policing in the Middle Eastern Kingdom of Bahrain. This institution has been described as a "torture hub" by Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy's Director of Advocacy. It has allegedly been involved in the torture at least ten individuals - primarily political prisoners - through severe beatings, sleep deprivation, sexual violence, threats of rape and torture of family members, and being made to sign pre-prepared confessions. 

Until a thorough investigation into the alleged human rights abuses and torture in the Kingdom of Bahrain by an impartial, external, and qualified third party has occurred, this programme should be suspended and we as students should call for this to happen. We should be proud of the University we attend and graduate from, but how can we be if our institution is linked to alleged abuse and torture?

Amnesty International, the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy, and Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain have all called for the University of Huddersfield to end the Masters programme at the Royal Academy of Policing. We should join them.

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