U.S. urges Bahrain to follow through on human rights

Reuters and AP report that US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, in a meeting with with the Bahrain Foreign Minister, has urged Bahrain to end it’s crackdown on human rights.

(Reuters) – The United States pressed Bahrain on Wednesday to make good on its pledges to address any human rights violations committed during a government crackdown on pro-democracy protests earlier this year.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed “the full range of human rights issues” with Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa of Bahrain, a Gulf island kingdom that hosts the U.S. Fifth Fleet, the State Department said.

Unrest still roils Bahrain months after the Sunni ruling family brought in troops from Sunni allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to help crush a protest movement they said was fomented by Iran and had Shi’ite sectarian motives.

During the meeting, Clinton stressed the importance of an independent panel due to report on the unrest, assess whether it involved rights violations and make recommendations to Bahrain’s ruling family.

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