Two members of the US Congress want their fellow lawmakers to put more pressure on Manama over its extensive human rights abuses. During a Congressional briefing on Tuesday, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar called for a halt to US arms sales to Bahrain over what she said was the kingdom’s routine suppression of dissent. “When we support a government that violates human rights, we undermine our efforts and standing around the world,” Omar said at the briefing organized by the Washington-based Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB). Omar’s comments come as the US Senate prepares to vote on whether or not to endorse a resolution disapproving of the most recently proposed arms sale to Manama. That deal includes the sale of more than USD 2.4 billion worth of Patriot missile systems as well as various weapons to support Bahrain’s aircraft fleet for a total cost of USD 750 million. Addressing Tuesday’s briefing on Capitol Hill, Congressman Jim McGovern criticized the legislature for turning a blind eye in recent years to abuses perpetrated by “the authoritarian regime” in Manama. McGovern asked other members of Congress to advocate for Bahraini prisoners of conscience through the Tom Lantos Defending Freedoms Project, which he co-chairs. عدد المشاهدات: 22 Share 0 Tweet 0 Share 0

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