Rep. McGovern’s letter to President-elect Trump urges him to “take the following immediate steps:”
“Reject all business income from the Bahraini monarchy and any other foreign government.”
“Release all correspondence between the Bahraini monarchy and your businesses, including price negotiations and final contracts.”
“Release all correspondence between any foreign government and any of your businesses since you announced your campaign for president.”
From the letter:
“The American people deserve a president and White House that will act solely in our country’s interests, not those of any foreign government or business. Your private commercial dealings with repressive governments endanger this fundamental expectation of the president and deeply trouble many who care about human rights. I urge you to immediately and completely end your business dealings with the Bahraini and other foreign governments.”
In 2011, Bahrain convulsed with public protests and a bloody crackdown by the government. Amnesty International’s latest report on Bahrain documents how the human rights institutions announced by the King of Bahrain have failed to break the government’s long-standing culture of impunity.
Is the U.S. providing intelligence to the Government of Saudi Arabia that can be used by Saudi Arabian authorities to violate the human rights of peaceful reformers and critics?
Saudi Arabia: Prisoners of Conscience
What steps is the U.S. government taking to secure the release of prisoners of conscience like Raif Badawi from Saudi Arabia’s prisons?
What steps is the U.S. taking to prevent the Government of Israel from using U.S. arms to commit human rights violations against Palestinian civilians living under Israeli occupation?
Syria: Refugee resettlement
There are now 4 million Syrian refugees. Over the last four years, the U.S. has only resettled a few hundred Syrian refugees. How many Syrian refugees does the U.S. expect to permanently resettle in the U.S. in 2015?
Syria/Iraq: U.S. military assistance
How will the U.S. prevent U.S. military assistance in Iraq and Syria from facilitating more war crimes and human rights abuses?
What steps is the U.S. taking to protect Sunni communities from abuses by Shi’a militias affiliated with the Iraqi government?
Syria/Iraq: U.S. air strikes
Is the U.S. investigate reports of civilian casualties from U.S. air strikes in Syria and Iraq?
Will the U.S. publish the results of these investigations, hold accountable those responsible for civilian casualties, and provide reparations to families and survivors?
Bahrain: U.S. arms sales
In 2012, the U.S. State Department announced that it would not allow the sale of arms to Bahrain “typically used by police and other security forces for internal security” or “crowd control.” Has the U.S. resumed the sale of arms to Bahrain in this category?
Is the U.S. currently providing arms to Bahraini security forces that can be used against peaceful protestors and critics of the government?
On Thursday, I spoke with CCTV America about Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and other repressive governments reported to be supporting U.S. actions against the armed group calling itself “Islamic State.” Click to watch.
On Thursday, I spoke with CCTV America about Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and other repressive governments reported to be supporting U.S. actions against the armed group calling itself “Islamic State.”
Under the Universal Periodic Review, every country in the world goes through a human rights review by its peers in the United Nations. How has Bahrain fared under its review? How well has Bahrain’s government implemented the recommendations of governments and civil society?
On Wednesday, I will get into the details when it comes to this repressive ally of the United States.
U.S. Rep Hank Johnson and four other Members of Congress have written a letter to President Obama urging him to push Saudi Arabian officials to be “more constructive” regarding political reform in Bahrain. The core sentence in the letter is the following:
Long-term stability in Bahrain can only be achieved through meaningful political reform, and we urge you to encourage the Saudi government to play a more constructive role in this regard.
Being “more constructive?” That’s definitely an understatement.
On 15 March 2011, Saudi Arabia sent at least 1,200 troops to Bahrain across the causeway linking the two states, reportedly at the request of the Bahraini government. The same day,the King of Bahrain declared a three-month state of emergency, known as the State of National Safety, and gave the security forces sweeping powers to arrest and detain protesters and ban all protests.
Despite an outpouring of global concern, news reports indicate that the Government of Bahrain has still not dropped its charges against 11 year old Ali Hassan.
As I wrote earlier this week, Bahraini police arrested the young boy in mid-May on a street that is both near his home and the site of a protest. The police denied him access to a lawyer for 23 days of his nearly one month of detention.
Amnesty International is confirming the details of yesterday’s court decision regarding the young boy’s sentence. According to news reports, the Government of Bahrain has allowed Ali to live at home, but is requiring him to be subjected to government monitoring for a year. The reports also indicate that the original charge of “illegal gathering” and disturbing “public security” has still not been dropped.
On the one hand, the young boy appears to have been spared the worse case scenario of several years in jail. This demonstrates the power of the global human rights spotlight, in which worldwide concern for Ali put pressure on the Government of Bahrain to keep him out of prison. But at the same time, Ali appears to still be facing criminal charges. Continue reading “Update: Bahrain Keeps Ridiculous Charges Against 11-Year-Old Boy”