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Rights Organizations Call on US Secretary of State to Suspend Military Assistance to Bahrain

September 2012

Physicians for Human Rights joined ten other organizations in calling on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (pdf) to immediately suspend US military assistance and arms transfers to security force units in Bahrain that are engaging in human rights violations.

PHR and other groups have documented killings, torture, and beatings at the hands of the Bahraini security forces. The US Foreign Assistance Act prevents the US from sending military assistance to units that commit human rights violations, and PHR calls on the State Department to fully implement this law. Suspension of US military assistance to abusive security units would send a strong signal that the US does not tolerate attacks against non-violent protesters.

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