Stop any new arms deals with Bahrain

Stop any new arms deals with Bahrain

    1. Petition by

      Witness Bahrain

The Obama administration is currently moving forward with a new set of arms sales to Bahrain despite the well-documented, egregious human rights violations perpetrated by the government against pro-democracy protesters over the past year. Since the start of Bahrain’s ongoing revolution on February 14, 2011, U.S.-manufactured and supplied weapons, including teargas, Humvees and Apache helicopters have been used by the Bahraini government to violently attack civilians. It is time to stop supplying Bahrain with the tools to kill and repress its people.

Despite congressional opposition to a $53 million dollar arms sale to Bahrain, the Obama Administration is pushing through the sale using a legal loophole that would allow him to avoid notifying Congress and the public by breaking up the sales into small packages of under $1 million each.

It is hypocritical for the Obama Administration to condemn the Syrian regime for its brutal crackdown on its people while simultaneously seeking to transfer weapons to the Bahraini government, which is also guilty of massive abuses against its people. The Bahraini government has escalated its attacks on peaceful demonstrators in recent weeks, as the anniversary of the February 14 uprising approaches. During this critical time of transition in the Middle East, the U.S. must end its military support to a government that rejects democratic reform and violently attacks those who seek it.

Learn more at WitnessBahrain.org

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    1. Act Now: Day 60 of Al-Kawaja's hunger strike for freedom

      Thanks to thousands of concerned people like yourself, the US has paused the transfer of arms funds to this day! As you may know, political prisoner Abdulkhadi Al-Khawaja has been on hunger strike for 60 days to protest his imprisonment and the Bahraini oppression of the pro-democracy movement. Bahrain denied Denmark's formal request to transfer Al-Khawaja.

      ACT NOW FOR AL-KHAWAJA
      Please take a moment to sign another petition demanding his immediate release (http://www.change.org/petitions/government-of-bahrain-immediately-release-activist-on-hungerstrike-abdulhadi-al-khawaja) or call your local Bahraini Embassy and tell them via phone (http://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-of/bahrain).

      Follow us on twitter for updates @WitnessBahrain

      Co-founder of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, Al-Khawaja was arrested in April 2011 for his participation in the Bahraini pro-democracy movement.

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    • Linda LeTendre SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY
      • 8 months ago

      We need to stop dealing in death and destruction as a nation and start dealing in peace.

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    • Jordan Earle TROY, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      I believe that support a group that has a history of violence is not the way to help.

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    • Jeremy Pope PALO ALTO, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      The lives destroyed are not worth the allegiance of the Bahraini government. We needs to take a stand and stop sponsoring this violence.

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    • Kadin Norder TROY, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      Human rights abuses have been allowed to continue in Bahrain for too long, due to its importance to the US government. Obama must stop allowing the torture, imprisonment, and death of Bahrain's citizens simply to maintain an ally in a strategic position.

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    • Bradley Wilkerson WEST COLUMBIA, SC
      • over 2 years ago

      The U. S. needs to stop empowering dictatorial governments worldwide and start to live up to the high minded notions(freedom, justice, respect for life, etc..) this country claims to believe in. Utilizing semantics to sidestep Congressional authorization preventing arms export is unethical to say the least. Is no-one concerned about hypocrisy of supporting human rights violators(the likes of which the U. S. excoriates when said tyrants aren't in its camp..), if not the actual cynical manipulation of law and democracy here? Do the right thing and support the people of Bahrain and not its rulers and their hangers-on.

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