'Britain has handed more than £5million in aid to a justice project in Bahrain despite its flagrant abuses of human rights.
The Foreign Office has funded the training of Bahraini security officials, police and prison officers on many occasions since the Arab Spring.
Over that time, the number of people facing the death penalty has tripled, and executions are taking place for the first time since 2010.
The charity Reprieve said the fact that the British government was funding the scheme ends credibility to the brutal regime.
Maya Foa, director of Reprieve, said: ‘A global Britain should be promoting human rights, not undermining them.’
There is no suggestion that any of the British groups receiving aid cash were aware of specific torture and abuses.
Among the groups working in Bahrain are HM Inspectorate of Prisons and Northern Ireland Co-operation Overseas (NI-CO), a non-profit owned by the Northern Irish government.
The report raises concerns about the involvement of NI-CO, which it said helped set up an ombudsman project that is supposed to investigate allegations of abuse by prison officers and police.
Instead, the charity claims, this ombudsman has covered up forced confessions and abuse. In addition, protesters were raped and tortured in a prison receiving NI-CO training
Aid money also went to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons and the Causeway Institute (Causeway), a private Belfast-based company chaired by the Democratic Unionist Party’s chief whip in Parliament, the Sir Jeffrey Donaldson.'
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