FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
ACFBahrain welcomes the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Hearing on Human Rights in Bahrain
Washington, DC – May 9 2011—The American Council for Freedom in Bahrain (ACFBahrain) today welcomes the decision of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission to hold a Hearing on Human Rights in Bahrain on Friday, May 13, 2011. Since early April, ACFBahrain had been urging Congressional officials to schedule a Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission hearing on human rights in Bahrain given the escalation of abuses by the government including the excessive use of force against pro-democracy protestors, the effective denial of medical care, beatings at checkpoints by plainclothes and masked uniformed men, and warrant-less, pre-dawn raids on homes of suspected demonstrators and human rights defenders including medical personnel.
The hearing will be held from 10 am to 12pm in room B-318 of the Rayburn House Office Building. It will focus on human rights aspects of the Bahraini government’s response to the February protests and will specifically examine reports of extrajudicial killings, indiscriminate shootings of unarmed peaceful protesters, torture, beatings, arbitrary and warrantless arrests and detentions, and general harassment. Particular attention will be paid to the targeting of medical personnel.
The following witnesses will testify: Mr. William J. Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Mr. Jeffrey D. Feltman, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Maryam Al-Khawaja, Bahrain Center for Human Rights; Mr. Joe Stork, Deputy Director, Middle East and North Africa Division, Human Rights Watch; and Richard Sollom, MA, MPH, Deputy Director at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR).
The Hearing is open to members of Congress, congressional staff, the media and the interested public.
ACFBahrain is a movement of concerned Americans uniting to speak out against human rights abuses in Bahrain. ACFBahrain and our collaborating organizations are available to provide additional information on the human rights abuses in Bahrain. For more information, please email: ACFBahrain@gmail.com.