Mixed Signals from Nominee for US Ambassador to Bahrain

12 September 2017 – The United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (SFRC) this morning held a hearing to consider the nomination of Justin Hicks Siberell to be the new Ambassador to Bahrain. While it remains deeply concerning that the Trump Administration, SFRC Chairman Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), and now the nominee to serve as[…]

ADHRB condemns US $3.8b arms sale to Bahrain amid human rights crisis

12 September 2017 – On Friday, 8 September 2017, the United States (US) Department of State notified potential foreign military sales (FMS) to the Government of Bahrain totaling approximately $3.8 billion. The sales include 1) two 35-Meter Fast Patrol Boats at an estimated cost of $60.25 million; 2) 19 F-16V aircraft with support at an[…]

US State Department Releases 2016 International Religious Freedom Report on Bahrain

  On 15 August 2017, the United States (US) Department of State launched its 2016 International Religious Freedom Report. The report “provides a detailed and factual overview of the status of religious freedom in nearly 200 countries and territories, and documents reports of violations and abuses committed by governments, terrorist groups, and individuals.” Americans for[…]

US Senators call on Admin to utilize new legislation to sanction human rights violators

Washington, DC – Today, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Senator John McCain (R-AZ) issued a press statement requesting that President Trump direct his Administration to fully utilize the Global Magnitsky Human Rights and Accountability Act. This new legislation allows for the Administration to enact sanctions against individuals or entities found to be committing gross human[…]

Bahrain: US State Department Documents Decline in Terrorism Last Year, Continued Rights Concerns

On 19 July 2017, the United States (US) Department of State’s Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism (CT) released its Country Reports on Terrorism for 2016. Although the country report on Bahrain fails to assess the full impact of the kingdom’s increasing abuse of counterterror measures to target nonviolent activism and dissent, Americans for Democracy &[…]