2011 Ion Ratiu Democracy Awardee Nabeel Rajab is featured in Foreign Policy

Is the U.S. on the Wrong Side of History in Bahrain?

Dec 07, 2011

2011 Ion Ratiu Democracy Awardee Nabeel Rajab is featured in Foreign Policy.

Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, came to Washington to receive the Woodrow Wilson Center's 2011 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award for his work documenting human rights abuses conducted by the Bahraini ruling family's security forces since protesters took to the streets in the capital of Manama in February. He was not invited to the State Department for any meetings whatsoever. He did visit the National Security Council, and met with senior director for democracy Gayle Smith, but wasn't given time by any official who works directly on Bahrain.

Rajab sat down on Dec. 4 for an exclusive interview with The Cable. His main message was that the Obama administration's defense of the Bahraini government, including a new push to sell it more weapons, is sowing seeds of distrust and resentment of the United States among the Bahraini people. He urged the Obama administration to use its influence in Bahrain to press the regime for improvements on human rights.

Read the article Is the U.S. on the wrong side of history in Bahrain? in full at the Foreign Policy website.

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