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.