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.
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.
The US Administration announced today that US companies will be able to invest in Burma, a country long closed to US businesses because of the Burmese government’s deplorable human rights record.
On World Refugee Day, a respected Bangladeshi academic speaks out against his country's policy of denying refuge to Rohingya people fleeing violence in Western Burma.
The aid organization Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) was forced to suspend operations in Arakan State, Burma last week because of the escalating vioence there. MSF issued a statement today expressing concern that victims of the violence may not have access to healthcare.