Representatives in the US Congress called for the release of political prisoners in Bahrain, and 13 members of the Republican and Democratic parties expressed their concern about the continuing crisis in human rights in the Kingdom, calling for the release of political prisoners, according to the statement “Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain” (ADHRB) .
According to the organization’s statement, Democratic Senator Brian Schatz from Hawaii expressed concern about the government’s crackdown on opposition leaders, activists and human rights defenders, criticizing trials that “do not adhere to international standards for fair trial, ill-treatment of detainees, and restrictions on freedom of expression.”
Patrick Leahy, a prominent senator for the Democratic Party from the state of Vermont, noted that he voted in the last session on a draft resolution to ban arms sales to Bahrain, stressing that he would continue to defend human rights with the administration of President Joe Biden.
Representative Clay Higgins of the Republican Party from Louisiana said that the Bahraini authorities have banned all independent media in the country, dissolved all opposition groups and suppressed critical publications on the Internet, denouncing the arrest and conviction – and in some cases torture and execution – of human rights defenders and opposition leaders, according to Recipe.
Republican lawmaker Pete Stauber from Minnesota said that the government of Bahrain “has committed human rights violations over the years, including arresting and torturing political opponents and restricting the right to freedom of expression and assembly.”
Tom Carper, Democratic Senator from Delaware, said, “Bahrain banned all public protests during the Arab Spring,” highlighting what he considered “torture, discrimination, violence, attacks on freedom of expression, unfair trials and an increase in executions, as well as reports of the detention of protesters and government critics.” And accusations of terrorism against them. “
Members of Congress critical of the human rights situation in Bahrain included Bruce Westerman, Representative from the Republican Party from Arkansas, Joe Courtney, Representative from the Democratic Party from Connecticut, Susan Collins, Senator from the Republican Party from Maine, and Chris Pappas, Representative from the Democratic Party from New Hampshire, and French Hill Representative from the Republican Party from Arkansas, Lisa McClain from the Republican Party from Michigan, Greg Pence from the Republican Party from Indiana, and Mike Kelly from the Republican Party from Pennsylvania.
The human rights organization said that it learned that some members of Congress had sent letters to US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, asking him to clarify the US administration’s stance towards Bahrain.