Trump resumes arms sales to Bahrain despite repression – Reprieve comment

March 30, 2017

Commenting on reports that the US will resume fighter jet sales to Bahrain, Maya Foa, a director at human rights organization Reprieve, said:

“President Trump’s overtures to Bahrain send a worrying message at a time when the Kingdom is stepping up an unprecedented campaign of internal repression. Political protestors have been tortured and sentenced to death on the basis of forced ‘confessions’ – and the Bahraini government just resumed executions after a 7-year moratorium. Meanwhile, Bahraini authorities continue to threaten dissidents, and subject scores of political detainees to horrific abuses. Trump must urgently signal to Bahrain that the US condemns this political crackdown – and that he will do nothing to support it.”

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Notes to editors

1. Reprieve is an international human rights organization. Reprieve’s London office can be contacted on: communications [at] reprieve.org.uk / +44 (0) 207 553 8140. Reprieve US, based in New York City, can be contacted on Katherine [dot] oshea [at] reprieve.org / +1 917 855 8064.

2. On 15th January 2017, Bahrain executed three men who said they were tortured into making false confessions.

3. The Obama Administration had delayed the sale of these aircraft in response to human rights concerns.