Royal wedding: Who Prince William and Kate Middleton invited
Prince William and Kate Middleton have invited 1,900 people to join them when they tie the knot Friday at Westminster Abbey. Here's a look at some notables on the list, from Grammy-winners to representatives criticized by the international community for violating human rights.
Regimes criticized for human rights abuses
Royal watchers were enraged that a number of dignitaries with questionable human rights records, from Bahrain’s crown prince – widely accused of overseeing a brutal crackdown on opposition protests in his country – to a few African heads of state, might be making appearances inside Westminster Abbey for the royal wedding.
King Mswati III of Swaziland and Zimbabwe’s ambassador to the United Kingdom have both reportedly RSVP'd – prompting outrage because of their respective countries’ poor records on human rights, reports the Independent. Political parties and unions have been banned for almost four decades in Swaziland. Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been criticized repeatedly for his country’s brutal repression of government critics.