PHR Applauds Members of Congress Who Called For Open Access for NGOs to Bahrain
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) applauds members of Congress who wrote to the King of Bahrain, His Majesty Shaikh Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa, to request open access for non-governmental organizations (NGOs). PHR was recently denied entry to Bahrain to continue its human rights investigation despite previous assurances from the Government of Bahrain.
Given the ongoing unrest in the country, the Government of Bahrain should embrace openness and transparency in its dealings with the international community. NGOs can provide international independent monitoring of the situation in Bahrain and can further human rights protections.
PHR thanks Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA) for taking the lead on this bicameral letter, and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) for co-signing. Other supporters of the letter include Keith Ellison (D-MN), Donald Payne (D-NJ), Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), Jim McGovern (D-MA), Mike Honda (D-CA), John Conyers (D-MI), Trent Franks (R-AZ), John Carter (R-TX), and Jim Moran (D-VA).
PHR looks forward to greater openness on the part of the Bahraini government and will continue to advocate for an end to attacks on civilians.