“The president’s silence demonstrates once again that when it comes to human rights, the U.S. holds repressive allies to a much lower standard than adversaries,” said Sunjeev Bery, Amnest International USA’s advocacy director for the Middle East and North Africa.
Bloomberg: Obama Seeks to Reassure Saudi King on Iran Talks, Syria
By Julianna Goldman and Mike Dorning | March 29, 2014
Washington Examiner: Obama refuses to raise human rights issues with Saudis
By Joel Gehrke | March 31, 2014
“…It wasn’t just Republicans angry with Obama. Amnesty International accused him of showing hypocrisy on human rights issues.
“The president’s silence demonstrates once again that when it comes to human rights, the U.S. holds repressive allies to a much lower standard than adversaries,” Amnesty International’s Sunjeev Bery said. “On Saturday, Saudi Arabian women activists will defy the government’s ban on women driving. It is the only such ban in the world. Through Amnesty International’s campaign, thousands of people in the U.S. have shown their solidarity with these brave women. Unfortunately, White House officials, including the president, will not be among them.”
ABC News Radio: Amnesty Int’l Challenges Obama to Bring Female Driver to Saudi Arabia
By Carmen Cox
March 27, 2014
…Amnesty International also weighed in, urging the president to bring along a female Secret Service agent as his driver while in the Kingdom.
“President Obama should show his support by bringing a female Secret Service driver with him to the country,” said Sunjeev Bery, the group’s Middle East North Africa advocacy director….