July 15, 2011
President Obama: Push for a Real National Dialogue in Bahrain!
Ask President Obama to take a tougher stance with the Bahraini government and publicly push for a national dialogue that can lead toward reconciliation. Human Rights First went to Bahrain and spoke with a number of human rights defenders, torture survivors and recently released detainees. In a report released yesterday, we found that the situation on the ground remains dire and dangerous for human rights defenders and civilians. For a real national dialogue to occur, President Obama should insist upon the following benchmarks:
- End the continuing crackdown on pro-democracy activists and supporters and shootings at unarmed civilians, as witnessed by Human Rights First staff;
- End arbitrary detentions, torture and mistreatment of detainees;
- End sectarian violence and discrimination against the Shi’a community;
- Release of peaceful protestors from jail and drop all charges pending against them; and
- An end to the expulsion of students.