‘The disturbing turn of events threaten Bahrain’s long-term stability.
That should worry Washington and London. The UK wants to avoid
jeopardising a recent deal for the expansion of an existing naval base
that is being financed by the Bahraini government. American officials
have also long argued that a policy of engagement tempers hardliners
within the regime and encourages reform. Clearly this is not the case.
Washington should reimpose the ban on arms sales to Bahrain lifted last
year. The UK should follow suit. Mere statements of concern are deeply
unconvincing. The time has come for tougher measures.’
See also statement from Human Rights Watch: ‘Bahrain: Senior Cleric Faces Deportation‘
and statement from Amnesty International: ‘Bahrain: Authorities must halt repression after week of intensified clampdown on human rights‘Posted in: News, Bahrain, Great Britain, North America
- June 22, 2016
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