Bahrain Freedom Movement
20th July 2012
As efforts to ban the notorious torturer, Nasser bin Ahmad from attending the London Olympics continue, it has transpired that the UK Government has ignored several requests and pleas supported by irrefutable evidence against him. Despite the Foreign Secretary’s assertion that anyone proven to have engaged in torture would not be granted a visa, the Alkhalifa dictators have boasted of sending one of the most sadistic torturers Bahrain has seen to London. There are now mounting fears for the lives of three prominent detainees who had testified that Nasser, the son of Bahrain’s dictator, had personally tortured them.
27 Oct 2011
THE BELEAGUERED reformist faction within Bahrain’s ruling al-Khalifa family has good reason to thank the U.S. Congress. Until this month the Obama administration, which has enormous leverage over the Persian Gulf emirate, was blithely ignoring Bahrain’s crackdown on domestic opposition and its failure to implement promised reforms.
Even as the regime staged unfair trials of peaceful opponents in special security courts, dismissed thousands from government jobs for participating in protests and violently repressed demonstrations in restless villages, the administration notified Congress in September that it intended to sell Bahrain $53 million in military equipment, including 40 armored Humvees.
26 Oct 2011
WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Bahrain on Wednesday to follow through on an independent probe into a crackdown on anti-regime protests, officials said.
Clinton and Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa also discussed a planned $53 million US arms sale to Bahrain that has been put on hold pending the outcome of the investigation, spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.
23 Oct 2011
TEHRAN (FNA)- A Bahraini opposition spokesman blasted the US support for Manama’s suppression of popular protests and Washington’s recent announcement that it will go forward with an arms deal with the Al-Khalifa regime, reminding that the regime will use the US weapons to continue suppressing protesting people.
20 Oct 2011
It has been reported that a US diplomat confirmed that a 53 million dollar weapons deal between the US and Bahrain had been finalized. Then today the State Department announced that after a number of US Senators had expressed their concern, the weapons deal would be on hold until a special investigation of alleged human rights abuses in Bahrain would be completed on October 30, before a final decision is made. But so how do we look at this postponement? Scott Horton with Harper’s Magazine discusses.
19 Oct 2011
AP, NEW YORK - The United States, Russia and many European countries that have supported the swell of protests across the Middle East and North Africa this year also supplied some of the weapons used against demonstrators, Amnesty International said in a new report Tuesday.
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 DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press, 19 Oct 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department said Tuesday it will consider a special investigation of alleged human rights abuses in Bahrain before moving ahead with $53 million in arms sales to the violence-wracked nation.
In a letter to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and public statements, the department said it shared congressional concerns about Bahrain’s treatment of protesters and would await the results of a special inquiry established by Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. That commission’s report to the king is due Oct. 30.
14Febtv, 15 Oct 2011
On his twitter account, Sayed Yousif Al Mahafdha; a Bahraini human rights activist, commented on the US justifications in selling its arms to the brutal regime of Bahrain that those arms won’t be used to suppress Bahrain protests by posting 2 pictures (out of hundreds available over the net and with human rights groups) showing the truth.. Those 2 images are:
14 Oct 2011
* “Meaningful steps” sought towards human rights
* Relatively rare for lawmakers to oppose such sales
WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - The United States held out the possibility on Friday it may not sell $53 million in arms to Bahrain, saying it had not made a final decision to transfer the materiel and human rights would weigh in its assessment.
By: Max Boot, 12 Oct 2011
Since February, when protests swept Bahrain, the Al Khalifa ruling family has responded with sheer brutality. They are not as brutal as Assad or Qaddafi, to be sure, but their security forces have nevertheless shown a willingness to kill unarmed demonstrators. Around 30 have died, and many more have been locked up or dismissed from their jobs: all for the crime of demanding greater freedom and democracy. Bahrain even invited help from the Saudi security forces to complete the crackdown.
9 Oct 2011
U.S. members of Congress, concerned about the Bahraini government’s response to a popular uprising, introduced a rare measure that would halt a $53m arms sale to the Persian Gulf kingdom.U.S. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon and U.S. Representative James McGovern of Massachusetts, both Democrats, said they introduced resolutions in both houses of Congress on Friday to prevent the sale of U.S. weapons to Bahrain “until meaningful steps are taken to improve human rights” there.
* Resolution is rare challenge to US arm sales
* Lawmakers seek to halt arms sales until rights improve
(Reuters) 7 Oct 2011 - U.S. lawmakers, concerned about the Bahraini government’s response to a popular uprising, on Friday introduced a rare measure that would halt a $53 million arms sale to the Gulf Arab state.
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon and U.S. Representative James McGovern of Massachusetts, both Democrats, said they introduced resolutions in both houses of Congress to prevent the sale of U.S. weapons to Bahrain “until meaningful steps are taken to improve human rights” there.
Foreign Policy, 5 Oct 2011
Congress and the NGO community are gearing up to fight the Obama administration’s plan to sell $53 million worth of weapons to Bahrain, which is proceeding on schedule despite that country’s crackdown on protesters.
The State Department argued in its Sept. 14 notification to Congress that the proposed sale will contribute to U.S. national security “by helping to improve the security of a major non-NATO ally that has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.”