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U.S. Puts Bahrain on List of Human Rights Abusers

Posted by alanmirs on June 18, 2011

By Nicole Gaouette – Jun 16, 2011 5:54 PM GMT+0400

The U.S. has put Bahrain, a Persian Gulf ally, in the company of Iran,North KoreaSyria and Zimbabwe on its list of human rights violators to be scrutinized by the UN Human Rights Council.

“The Bahraini government has arbitrarily detained workers and others perceived as opponents,” U.S. Ambassador Eileen Donahoe said in astatement to the council yesterday in Geneva.

Bahrain, home to the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, has tried to crush protests that have wracked the country since February, as the Shiite majority population has agitated for the Sunni Muslim monarchy to allow greater economic opportunities and freedoms.

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