Royal horse show agrees to adopt human rights policy

Royal Windsor Horse Show faced claims it was being used by Bahraini royal family to ‘sportswash’

Organisers of the UK’s largest outdoor horse show, whose most famous fan is the Queen, have agreed to adopt a human rights policy following accusations that the show is being used by the Bahraini royal family to distract from rights abuses.

The kingdom of Bahrain sponsors some events at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. Human rights campaigners have repeatedly raised concerns that sponsoring prestigious sporting events like this one which has strong UK royal associations is an act of “sportswashing” to conceal the country’s poor human rights record.

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This post was originally published on Human rights | The Guardian.