October 12, 2011
Tell Congress: Stop Rewarding Dictators with Weapons!
Tell Congress to stop arming the Bahraini dictatorship with weapons by supporting this resolution today! Bahrain's pro-democracy protests have been the largest, proportionately, of any country in the Middle East. Hundreds of thousands of citizens have risen up to demand their human rights. The Bahraini regime, trying to protect its power, has abducted, tortured, and killed peaceful protestors. Home of the Navy's U.S. Fifth Fleet, Bahrain is an important strategic U.S. ally, and the United States has been muted in its criticisms of the regime's brutality. Now the Pentagon intends to sell $53 million worth of armored Humvees and TOW missiles to Bahrain. The United States should not reward a regime that brutalizes its people. Tell Congress to stand on the side of democracy and human rights in the Middle East by blocking the arms sale to the Bahrain Monarchy! If the United States aspires to be a global leader on human rights and inspire those fighting for democracy in the Middle East and elsewhere, it simply cannot reward repressive regimes with weapons. It must side with human rights, not dictators.