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PRESS RELEASE: Bahrain – UK / US / Arab League silence is complicity in massacres

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The upsurge in violence against Bahraini protestors within 24 hours of the departure of US Defense Secretary Robert Gates is indicative of the green light given by Washington to this bloody crackdown.

Even the Arab League has been cajoled into tabling resolutions against Libya. Yet the systematic use of brute and deadly force against unarmed citizens in Bahrain goes without serious condemnation or action.

IHRC Chair Massoud Shadjareh said:

“We do not need another reminder that Western intervention in the ongoing revolutions in the region is based on self-interest not concerns for justice. We face a situation where nerve gas has been used against Bahraini protestors, and the country has effectively been invaded by Saudi Arabia, yet there is not a whimper of condemnation.

“It is imperative that civil society educate itself quickly over the relevant issues in Bahrain and provide all possible support to those struggle to defend justice.”
IHRC has published background reports, briefings and findings of observer missions[1] to Bahrain. It works with several civil society groups[2] in Bahrain, all of whom have been targeted by the authorities both prior to the February 14 protests until today.

For further information and review copies please contact the Press Office on +44 20 8904 4222 or +44 7958 607475 or +44 7903 053362. Interviews with activists in Bahrain or exiled in the UK can be arranged[2].

Notes to Editors:
[1] See:

BROKEN PROMISES: Human Rights, Constitutionalism and Socio-economic Exclusion in Bahrain by Omar F. Ahmed

Report of the Trial Monitor in the Ma’ameer and Adary Park Cases, Bahrain, 2010 by Abed Choudhury

[2] Please contact the press office for further details.[ENDS]

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