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.
An appeals court in Bahrain could decide on Monday whether to release a hospital worker sentenced to three years in prison for delivering an oxygen cylinder and other medical supplies to treat protesters.
The Bahrain government’s indiscriminate use of tear gas as a weapon has resulted in the maiming, blinding, and even killing of civilian protesters and must stop at once while the government reassesses its use, PHR declares in a report issued today.