For the Record: U.S. State Department Statements on Bahrain

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See U.S. State Department Daily Press Briefing Statements on Bahrain here

April 2012

Violence in Bahrain
Violence in Bahrain. Press Statement Victoria Nuland Department
Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson. Washington, DC. April 25, 2012.
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2012/04/188477.htm

Violence in Bahrain

Press Statement

Victoria Nuland
Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 25, 2012
We are deeply concerned about the increase in violence in Bahrain, including the recent death of a protester, as well as the explosion last night that injured four policemen, two critically. We welcome the Ministry of Interior’s investigation into these incidents and look forward to seeing appropriate action taken to hold those responsible for these acts of violence to account.

We condemn the use of violence in all its forms – whether against peaceful demonstrators or police and government institutions – and urge all parties to reject such actions. Violent acts are counterproductive to efforts to rebuild trust and pursue meaningful reconciliation in Bahrain. We call on the Government of Bahrain to permit peaceful protest and to exercise maximum restraint in maintaining order, just as we call on all those demonstrating to do so peacefully.

As a longstanding partner, we continue to urge the Government of Bahrain to fully implement the recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry, including the need to commute the sentences of those charged with offenses involving peaceful political expression and to review all sentences rendered in State of National Safety Courts in a way that ensures the fundamental principles of a fair trial are respected. Specifically, we urge the government to consider urgently all available options to resolve the case of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja. We also renew our call for the government, opposition parties, and all segments of Bahraini society to engage in a genuine dialogue leading to meaningful reforms that address the legitimate aspirations of all Bahrainis.


January 2012

Bahrain Security Assistance Taken Question
at the January 27, 2012 Daily Press Briefing. on our intention to release some
previously notified equipment needed for Bahrain’s external defense
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2012/01/182695.htm
2012-01-13

Bahrain Security Assistance

Taken Question

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 27, 2012
Question: Has the State Department sent a revised Bahrain arms sale package to Congress?

Answer: We are maintaining a pause on most security assistance for Bahrain pending further progress on reform.

During the last two weeks, representatives from the State Department and Department of Defense briefed appropriate Congressional staff on our intention to release some previously notified equipment needed for Bahrain’s external defense and support of Fifth Fleet operations. This includes spare parts and maintenance of equipment. None of these items can be used against protestors.

This isn’t a new sale nor are we using a legal loophole. The items that we briefed to Congress were notified and cleared by the Hill previously or are not large enough to require Congressional notification. In fact, we’ve gone above and beyond what is legally or customarily required by consulting with Congressional staff on items that do not require Congressional notification.

We have and will continue to use our security assistance to reinforce reforms in Bahrain. We have seen some important initial steps from the Bahraini government in implementing the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry’s (BICI) recommendations, but more needs to be done. We urge the government of Bahrain to take action on the full range of recommendations that we believe will help lay the foundation for longer-term reform and reconciliation.

We will continue to consult extensively with Congress on this policy.


Twitter Briefing – January 13, 2012
The United States does remain concerned about continuing acts of violence
in Bahrain between the police and the demonstrators.
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/dcc/releases/180708.htm
2012-01-07

Twitter Briefing – January 13, 2012

Special Briefing

Victoria Nuland
Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Questions from Twitter for 21st Century Statecraft Month
Washington, DC
January 13, 2012
MS. NULAND: Good afternoon, everybody. Welcome to our second State Department Twitter briefing, a feature that we are offering every Friday in January as we pursue 21stCentury Statecraft Month. I am joined here today by our Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Digital Strategy Victoria Esser, who’s going to be posing the questions that we are getting from our various Twitter feeds around the world. Over to you, Victoria.

MS. ESSER: Thanks, Victoria. Our first question comes from our Arabic feed @USAbilAraby and AluCarDv8 would like to know: How do you answer to the use of power by Bahraini demonstrators?

MS. NULAND: Well, thank you AluCarDv8. The United States does remain concerned about continuing acts of violence in Bahrain between the police and the demonstrators. The key to Bahrain’s future, as we have been discussing with officials in Bahrain, is a real dialogue among Bahrainis that’s going to serve as the foundation for reconciliation and a renewed spirit of national unity.

The Government of Bahrain has taken significant steps, as Bahrainis know. It called for an independent commission of inquiry into some of the recent violence. That commission came forward with a report, and now the Government of Bahrain is working hard to implement those recommendations. We urge the Government of Bahrain to complete the work that it has started to implement comprehensive reform that will restore confidence, restore stability, and encourage dialogue among all Bahrainis.


Recent Violence in Bahrain
Recent Violence in Bahrain. Press Statement Victoria Nuland Department
Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson. Washington
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2012/01/180240.htm

Press Statement

Victoria Nuland
Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 7, 2012

Recent Violence in Bahrain

The United States is deeply concerned by continuing incidents of violence in Bahrain between police and demonstrators. Officials from the United States Embassy in Manama met today with human rights activist Nabeel Rajab, who was injured during a demonstration on Friday; they also spoke with senior Bahraini government officials regarding the incident. While the facts surrounding the violence that transpired remain in dispute, we strongly urge the Government of Bahrain to undertake a full investigation to determine if excessive force was employed by police. In general we urge all demonstrators to refrain from acts of violence and for police and security forces also to avoid excessive use of force.

The Government of Bahrain has taken significant steps to implement recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry, and we urge it to complete this important undertaking without delay and continue the work of comprehensive reform . We encourage all the citizens of Bahrain to join in this effort, which can be the foundation for genuine reconciliation and a renewed spirit of national unity.


Bahrain’s National Day
Bahrain’s National Day. Press Statement Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State. Washington, DC. December 16, 2011.
http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2011/12/178966.htm
2011-09-29

September 2011

Sentencing of 20 Medical Professionals in Bahrain
Sentencing of 20 Medical Professionals in Bahrain. Press Statement Mark
C. Toner Deputy Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson.
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2011/09/174819.htm
2011-07-02

Sentencing of 20 Medical Professionals in Bahrain

Press Statement

Mark C. Toner
Deputy Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 29, 2011
We are deeply disturbed by the sentencing today of 20 medical professionals by the National Safety Court in Bahrain. We understand that the cases can be appealed and transferred to a civilian appellate court. We continue to urge the Bahraini Government to abide by its commitment to transparent judicial proceedings, including a fair trial, access to attorneys, and verdicts based on credible evidence conducted in full accordance with Bahraini law and Bahrain’s international legal obligations.

We are also concerned about trials of civilians, including medical personnel, in military courts and the fairness of those proceedings. We have repeatedly shared our position regarding Bahrain’s judicial proceedings with the highest levels of the Bahraini Government.

We call on the Government of Bahrain and all citizens to create a climate conducive for reconciliation, meaningful dialogue, and reform that, as President Obama said on September 21, will bring peaceful change that is responsive to the aspirations of all Bahrainis.


Participation of Al Wifaq in Bahrain’s National Dialogue
Participation of Al Wifaq in Bahrain’s National Dialogue. Press Statement Mark
C. Toner Deputy Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson.
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2011/07/167533.htm

Participation of Al Wifaq in Bahrain’s National Dialogue

Press Statement

Mark C. Toner
Deputy Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 2, 2011

The United States welcomes the decision of Al Wifaq, Bahrain’s largest opposition political society, to join the National Dialogue recently announced by King Hamad.

Al Wifaq’s participation adds an important voice of Bahrain’s political opposition to a process that has the potential to serve as a vehicle for reform and reconciliation. We welcome the Bahraini government’s commitment to pursue this initiative and call on all participants in the National Dialogue to engage constructively in this process to produce reforms that will respond to the legitimate aspirations of the Bahraini people.

With the start of the National Dialogue on July 2, and the King’s announcement on June 29 of an independent, international commission of inquiry to examine events surrounding recent protests in Bahrain, the Government of Bahrain is taking concrete steps which could contribute to national unity and stability.

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