Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin this week joined a bipartisan group of Senators in urging Secretary of State Antony Blinken to press Bahrain about their human rights abuses and pushing for more accountability.
Joining Baldwin on the letter were Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.
“For the past decade, the State Department and major human rights advocates have detailed a long list of serious and ongoing human rights abuses in Bahrain. These include, but are not limited to: arbitrary detention, torture, cruel and degrading treatment of prisoners, restrictions on freedom of the press, interference with peaceful assembly, and restrictions on political participation and religious practice. Recent reports by Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain and other organizations indicate that this disturbing record has grown worse since 2011, when Bahrainis took to the streets in peaceful protest and were met with violence,” the senators wrote.
The senators asked Secretary Blinken to answer the following questions to help understand the Biden administration’s policy to improve the situation in Bahrain:
“Bahrainis continue to call for agency and accountability, often at great risk to their safety and that of their families. We stand with them in urging you and the Biden-Harris administration to promote reform and respect for basic human rights in Bahrain and greater stability in the region,” the senators concluded.
A copy of the full letter is available here.