Dispatch on French Arm Sales to the Gulf Region

 France plays a leading role in global arms exports. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), from before the Arab Spring protests in 2011 up until today, France has been in the top-5 of global arms exporters. In 2017, France took over China’s place as the third-largest arms exporter. The latest SIPRI report[…]

ADHRB Condemns the Trump Administration’s Continued Military Cooperation with Bahrain, as the Administration Continues to Ignore Human Rights Abuses

18 September 2019 – This past Monday, on 16 September, United States (US) President Donald Trump welcomed Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa to the White House to discuss security cooperation and the strengthening of the Bahraini-US strategic partnership. Human rights were once again notably missing from the agenda. While in Washington DC,[…]

UPDATED: President Trump Vetoes Bipartisan Resolutions to Block Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE

***On 24 July 2019, President Donald Trump vetoed the bipartisan resolutions to block US arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.  ***On 17 July 2019, the House passed three resolutions already passed by Senate, in an attempt to block arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. S.J.Res 36 passed 238-190, S.J.Res 37 passed[…]

Senate Blocks Resolution Disapproving US Arms Sales to Bahrain, But Votes Show Increasing Congressional Concern for Human Rights in the Kingdom

13 June 2019 – Today, the United States (US) Senate voted to block a resolution (S. J. Res. 20), introduced by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), which would have disapproved of the proposed sale to the Government of Bahrain of “certain defense articles and services.” Under the Trump Administration, the State Department has made determinations approving[…]

ADHRB Briefing on Capitol Hill: “Anatomy of a Police State: Systematic Repression, Brutality, and Bahrain’s Ministry of Interior”

11 June 2019 – Today, Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) held a briefing on Capitol Hill that covered the human rights situation in Bahrain. The briefing specifically looked at corruption, abuses committed by the Ministry of Interior (MOI), and assistance from the United States (US). The event, moderated by ADHRB’s Executive[…]