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Prince Charles accused of “burying British values” as he opens naval base in troubled Bahrain

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Prince Charles has come under renewed criticism over human rights abuses in Bahrain after he yesterday opened part of a new £30m naval base gifted to Britain by the Gulf state.

One activist in the town of Diraz, close to where Prince Charles yesterday met members of the Bahraini royal family during his three-day visit with the Duchess of Cornwall, said: “They are betting on the silence of the West because of the supply of the facilities. The [West] are compromising other things for this.”

Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, director of advocacy for the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy, said: “The UK continually claims to support human rights in Bahrain, but to what result? Britain has only got more friendly with a regime which has escalated its repression in the past year.

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