Rep. McGovern’s letter to President-elect Trump urges him to “take the following immediate steps:”
“Reject all business income from the Bahraini monarchy and any other foreign government.”
“Release all correspondence between the Bahraini monarchy and your businesses, including price negotiations and final contracts.”
“Release all correspondence between any foreign government and any of your businesses since you announced your campaign for president.”
From the letter:
“The American people deserve a president and White House that will act solely in our country’s interests, not those of any foreign government or business. Your private commercial dealings with repressive governments endanger this fundamental expectation of the president and deeply trouble many who care about human rights. I urge you to immediately and completely end your business dealings with the Bahraini and other foreign governments.”
“No amount of PR or lobbying can obscure the underlying realities of labor abuse and exploitation in Qatar. The government of Qatar should invest its resources in fixing these problems, not in trying to hide them from other governments,” said Sunjeev Bery, the advocacy director for Middle East North Africa at Amnesty International USA.
45 Members of Congress just sent the following letter to President Obama today. The letter urges him to stand up for human rights in his meetings this week with leaders from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, Qatar, Oman, and Kuwait. These countries make up the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Amnesty International USA and a diverse range of organizations worked to build support for the effort.
Notes on U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Hearing
Date: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Time: 02:15 PM
Location: S-116 Capitol Building
Attended / compiled by Anna McMahon, Intern, Middle East/North Africa Advocacy Department, Amnesty International USA
U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Presiding: Senator Menendez
Summary: Unanimous passage of Resolution 384 from Committee.
“Expressing the sense of the Senate concerning the humanitarian crisis in Syria and neighboring countries, resulting humanitarian and development challenges, and the urgent need for a political solution to the crisis.”
U.S. Rep Hank Johnson and four other Members of Congress have written a letter to President Obama urging him to push Saudi Arabian officials to be “more constructive” regarding political reform in Bahrain. The core sentence in the letter is the following:
Long-term stability in Bahrain can only be achieved through meaningful political reform, and we urge you to encourage the Saudi government to play a more constructive role in this regard.
Being “more constructive?” That’s definitely an understatement.
On 15 March 2011, Saudi Arabia sent at least 1,200 troops to Bahrain across the causeway linking the two states, reportedly at the request of the Bahraini government. The same day,the King of Bahrain declared a three-month state of emergency, known as the State of National Safety, and gave the security forces sweeping powers to arrest and detain protesters and ban all protests.
As we say in our Amnesty International letter to President Obama:
For too long, the U.S. has put geopolitics and access to energy over support for human rights in its relationship with Saudi Arabia. As an ally of the United States, Saudi Arabia has been spared the blunt criticisms that U.S. officials make of other governments that commit serious human rights violations.