POMED Media Mention: U.S.: Rights Activists Call on U.S. to Revise Bahrain Policy

Jim Lobe
IPS News Agency, September 6, 2012

Human rights activists are calling on the administration of President Barack Obama to radically revise its policy toward Bahrain in light of the decision by an appeals court in the kingdom this week to confirm harsh prison sentences against 13 opposition activists.

The court’s decision, which also confirmed the conviction of the 13 men by military courts in the aftermath of mainly peaceful anti-government protests during the so-called “Arab Spring” last year, followed the sentencing three weeks ago by yet another court of Nabeel Rajab, the director Bahrain’s most important human rights watchdog, to a three-year prison term for helping organise opposition rallies.

“State’s reaction falls short of where it needs to be,” said Cole Bockenfeld, advocacy director at the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED). “The administration needs to call for their release.”

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