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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Human Rights in Bahrain

Friday, May 13, 2011 - 10:00am
B-318 Rayburn House Office Building


Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing on the current human rights situation in Bahrain. Since mid-February, reports of human rights violations in Bahrain have increased significantly as Bahraini authorities have attempted to suppress anti-government protests. There have been numerous, credible reports of violence, intimidation, inhumane treatment, and repression directed against peaceful protesters and medical personnel treating injured protesters. Even after protests effectively ended in mid-March, Bahraini security personnel have continued to target the Shi’a community generally and human rights defenders specifically.

This hearing will focus on human rights aspects of the Bahraini government’s response to the February protests. Specifically, the hearing will examine reports of extrajudicial killings, indiscriminate shootings of unarmed peaceful protesters, torture, beatings, arbitrary and warrantless arrests and detentions, and general harassment. While all of these allegations are serious, the targeting of medical personnel is of particular concern.

If you have any questions, please contact Mike McVicker (Rep. McGovern) at 202-225-3599.

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC

Opening Remarks


Panel I

  • Mr. William J. Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State (declined)*
  • Mr. Jeffrey D. Feltman, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs,U.S. Department of State (declined)*

Panel II

  • Maryam Al-Khawaja, Bahrain Center for Human Rights
  • Mr. Joe Stork, Deputy Director, Middle East and North Africa Division, Human Rights Watch
    Written testimony
  • Richard Sollom, MA, MPH, Deputy Director at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR)
    Written testimony



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