Senator: Bahrain’s human rights trump arms sale – Washington Times

Article from the Washington Post on Senator Ron Wyden and his great work on Bahrain:

A Senate Intelligence Committee member says a recent report on Bahrain’s human rights abuses against protesters validates his opposition to a proposed $53 million arms sale to the island kingdom.

“Imagine if everyone in Congress had kept quiet and this arms sale had been completed,” Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, said Monday at an event for the Project on Middle East Democracy.

“What kind of message would this have sent the world or the people aspiring for freedom and democracy?”

In October, Mr. Wyden and four other Senate Democrats – Benjamin L. Cardin of Maryland, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Robert P. Casey of Pennsylvania and Robert Menendez of New Jersey – asked the State Department in a letter to delay the arms sale to Bahrain.

The State Department said it would review the findings of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry and assess the kingdom’s efforts to implement reforms before considering approval of the sale.

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