USA selling arms to Bahrain dictatorship

From Amnesty International:

Obama administration approves arms shipment to Bahrain

January 28, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Despite continued human rights violations against civilians, Foreign Policy’s Josh Rogin reports that the Bahraini government is about to get even more military armaments from the United States. According to the article, which quotes key members of Congress, the Obama Administration has approved a new sale of US arms and/or military equipment to Bahraini security forces.

See also here.

Obama quietly sells arms to human rights-abuser Bahrain. And the administration isn’t saying what exactly is being given to the regime, which has attacked protesters: here.

Fresh Concerns Over U.S. Military Sales to Bahrain as Crackdown Continues: here.

Bahrain Minister Calls for 15-Year Prison for Police Attackers: here.

This is a video about Bahraini police firing tear gas grenades.

Bahrain Feature: Rubber Bullets — Another “Non-Lethal” Weapon For The Police: here.

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  2. Bahrain detainees to begin hunger strike

    (AFP) – 1 hour ago

    DUBAI — Bahraini detainees and activists convicted for taking part in anti-government demonstrations last year will begin a hunger strike Sunday protesting a new crackdown on demonstrators, a rights group said.

    The strike was announced as the Gulf kingdom’s interior minister called for punishment against those “attacking policemen” to be toughened to 15 years in prison.

    “This evening, they will have their last meal” before going on hunger strike, the head of Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR), Mohammed al-Maskati told AFP.

    BYSHR said 14 prominent human rights activists and opposition leaders were to begin the hunger strike “in solidarity with pro-democracy protests and in protest against the brutal crackdown.”

    Maskati said that detainees held in police stations and the Dry Docks detention centre would also join the strike as well as BYSHR activists not presently behind bars.

    The 14 leading figures in jail include several opposition leaders who were convicted last year of plotting to overthrow the regime of the Sunni Al-Khalifa ruling family after security forces quelled a month-long protest movement demanding democratic changes.

    But clashes between members of the Shiite majority and police have intensified recently as the first anniversary of protests that began on February 14 last year approaches.

    Interior Minister Sheikh Rashed bin Abdullah Al-Khalifa said Sunday that recent clashes saw an “increase in violence and attacks on security personnel,” the BNA state news agency reported.

    He urged parliament to legislate to punish the “assailants and the instigators” of attacks that target security forces with jail sentences lasting up to 15 years.

    “My responsibility is to call for the strengthening of laws protecting police as there are no deterrent laws so far,” he said.

    The interior ministry said 41 officers were injured in “orchestrated attacks on police” on Tuesday in clashes with protesters in Shiite villages, while the opposition said one protester was killed and several others wounded.

    Last year’s crackdown led to the deaths of 35 people, including five security personnel and five detainees who were tortured to death, a commission appointed by King Hamad found.

    The commission accused police of using excessive force and torture.

    Copyright © 2012 AFP.


  3. United States moves ahead with military sales to Bahrain

    AP | Jan 31, 2012, 01.28AM IST

    WASHINGTON: The United States is selling some military equipment to Bahrain as it walks a fine line between pushing the Sunni monarchy to open talks with the opposition while proceeding cautiously with a strategic ally to counter Iran.

    The sale of an undisclosed amount of spare parts and equipment has drawn opposition from some in Congress who argue that it sends the wrong signal about the US commitment to human rights. The State Department said late on Friday that the equipment is for Bahrain’s external defense and support for the US Navy’s 5th Fleet, which is based in the country.

    “This isn’t a new sale nor are we using a legal loophole,” the department said. “The items that we briefed to Congress were notified and cleared by the Hill previously or are not large enough to require congressional notification.”

    The administration said it is maintaining its “pause on most security assistance for Bahrain pending further progress on reform.”

    It was almost a year ago that Bahrain’s Shiite majority demanded greater rights from the 200-year-old ruling Sunni dynasty. More than 35 people have died in the unrest that Bahrain leaders claim Iran has encouraged.

    The United States sees its allies in the Gulf region as even more crucial as Iran recently warned it might use military force to close the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Gulf in response to international economic sanctions.

    Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Jim McGovern, both Democrats, collected signatures from lawmakers on a letter they plan to send to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton later this week expressing their opposition to the administration’s moves. They argue that Bahrain is still violating human rights and using excessive force to crack down on protests.

    “Small steps deserve small rewards,” the two wrote. “In the case of Bahrain, any military equipment is a big reward and will be viewed as such by other governments and the people of Bahrain. The incentives are simply wrong.”


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