PHR and 13 other human rights organizations signed this letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton encouraging the US to oppose the Bahraini government’s nomination of Saeed Mohammed al-Faihani for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Advisory Committee, saying his appointment would undercut US efforts to bolster the reputation and credibility of that body.
Referencing PHR's report Weaponizing Tear Gas, the UK Parliament calls upon the UK government to "ensure that human rights concerns form the centre-point of all discussions with the Bahraini government until such time that the human rights situation in that country improves."
The Foreign Policy in Focus Focal Points blog says "Bahrain has raised the global bar on the usage of tear gas to unprecedented heights. It has become the Tear Gas Regime."
Washington Post editorial cites PHR's "Weaponizing Tear Gas" report in calling for tougher US policy on Bahrain government hard-liners. The Post says the Obama administration's resumption of military sales to a regime that has been a close US ally has not paid off. Bahrain remains locked in a standoff between a largely intransigent government and a slowly radicalizing opposition — and the regime has failed to fulfill its repeated pledges to end repression of peaceful dissent and undertake meaningful reforms.
Today’s decision by an appeals court in Bahrain to release a hospital worker from prison is a very positive development, but the government must take additional steps if it is to make good on implementing its promised human rights reforms.