ADHRB Welcomes Senate Bill to Reinstate US Arms Exports Ban on Bahrain
Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) welcomes yesterday’s introduction of S.2009, the bipartisan resolution in the United States Senate that would reinstate the ban on certain US arms sales to Bahrain until the country implements all 26 recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI). We strongly support the efforts of the bill’s co-sponsors, Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), as well as that of Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), who also announced his intent to introduce a House version of the bill after recess. The proposed resolution would overturn the Obama Administration’s June decision to reinstate arms sales to the Bahrain Defense Force (BDF) and the National Guard. Despite the State Department’s announcement to the contrary, the resolution highlights the need to reinstate the arms export ban to ensure that US-sold weapons do not enable further human rights abuses in the Gulf kingdom.
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- Sadeqa al-Basri arrested for the 3rd time while leaving the airport
- Security forces continue to use Excessive Force including Tear Gasand Shotgun Pellets against protesters.
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