BY ADAM ENTOUS, 19 Oct 2011
WASHINGTON—The Obama administration won’t proceed with a planned arms sale to Bahrain until it reviews the monarchy’s progress investigating alleged human rights abuses and implementing reforms, the State Department told Congress in a letter.
The decision was a partial victory for human rights groups and lawmakers who argued that it was hypocritical of the U.S. to sell the arms to Bahrain so soon after President Barack Obama condemned the monarchy’s violent crackdown on protesters earlier this year and called for democratic reforms.
By ADAM ENTOUS, 13 Oct 2011
WASHINGTON — A group of U.S. senators appealed to the Obama administration Wednesday to postpone a proposed arms sale to Bahrain to protest the monarchy’s crackdown on protesters.
The State Department notified Congress last month of U.S. plans to sell $53 million in arms to Bahrain, including more than 40 armored Humvees and 300 missiles.