Queen invites King of Bahrain to her Diamond Jubilee
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Last Updated: Sunday, April 08, 2012, 21:48
  
London: The British Queen has reportedly invited the King of Bahrain to her Diamond Jubilee lunch at Windsor Castle, inviting criticism from human rights groups over his repressive regime.

King of Bahrain Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa is also believed likely to attend a champagne dinner hosted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. The event in May would be an intimate gathering of reining monarchs from around the world, the British media reports said.

But, UK human rights groups say the Bahrain's regime has killed dozens of pro-democracy protesters over the past year.

In fact, they accuse the regime of using brutal force and torture to crush the protests, which saw over 50 civilians killed and thousands arrested. Bahrain royal family has direct control of the police, army and security services.

Moreover, his son, Crown Prince of Bahrain, turned down an invitation to Prince William's wedding to Kate Middleton last year, citing unrest in his country, the reports said.

A Palace source, however, said: "It was the Queen's decision to host the lunch and her decision to invite every world sovereign. It would have been very rude to have left anyone off the list and the Queen would never want to offend anyone."

PTI


First Published: Sunday, April 08, 2012, 21:48


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