The President met today and had a productive discussion with His Highness Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince of Bahrain, following the Crown Prince’s meeting with National Security Advisor Tom Donilon. The President reaffirmed the strong commitment of the United States to Bahrain. He welcomed King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa’s decision to end the State of National Safety early and the announcement that the national dialogue on reform would begin in July. He also expressed strong support for the Crown Prince’s ongoing efforts to initiate the national dialogue and said that both the opposition and the government must compromise to forge a just future for all Bahrainis. To create the conditions for a successful dialogue, the President emphasized the importance of following through on the government’s commitment to ensuring that those responsible for human rights abuses will be held accountable. The President noted that, as a long-standing partner of Bahrain, the United States believes that the stability of Bahrain depends upon respect for the universal rights of the people of Bahrain, including the right to free speech and peaceful assembly, and a process of meaningful reform that is responsive to the aspirations of all.
Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting With His Highness Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince of Bahrain
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release June 09, 2011
The Vice President met today with His Highness Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince of Bahrain. The Vice President reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to our longstanding partnership with Bahrain, to supporting a national dialogue that addresses the aspirations of all Bahrainis, and to ensuring that universal rights are respected and those responsible for abusing them are held accountable.
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Obama welcomes end of emergency law in Bahrain
AlJazeeraEnglish on Jun 8, 2011
After low key meetings in Washington, Bahrain’s crown prince, has made another promise of national dialogue.
But the US president, although welcoming the end of emergency law, has made his position clear: “You can’t have national dialogue if you keep locking up the opposition”.
The US needs the Gulf state as a port for its fifth fleet and while the price of oil remains so high the US cannot afford to annoy Saudi Arabia whose troops remain in Bahrain as support for the Sunni monarch.
Nearly three months since the crackdown began hundreds of people including activists, students, teachers, hospital staff and member of the political opposition have been arrested but Bahrain insists it is only punishing criminals.
Al Jazeera’s Charles Stratford reports.
End Unfair Trial For Opposition Leaders in Bahrain
The current trial of 21 total opposition figures, seven in absentia, in Bahrain is politically motivated and unjust. Many of the defendants are likely to be prisoners of conscience detained solely for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression and assembly, who should be released immediately and unconditionally. Urge Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to speak out about these human rights abuses and to send an observer to the trial. […]
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Bahrain crackdown-News Analysis-06-09-2011
PressTVGlobalNews on Jun 10, 2011
The British Government has said it is “deeply concerned” by reports of human rights abuses in Bahrain. So why would it give military training to the Saudi National Guard to help quell anti-regime protesters?
This edition of Press TV News Analysis will discuss whether this is another mixed message by the UK on human rights, and why Bahrain’s case may be heading to the ICC based on numerous accounts of human rights violations.