Denounce Watering Down of Human Rights Violations Statement

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Target: Mark Lyall Grant, U.K. Representative to the United Nations

Goal: Denounce the involvement of the U.K. and Saudi Arabia in watering down a human rights statement regarding violations in Bahrain.

Britain altered and watered down UN criticism of Bahrain’s human rights record, according to accusations. They allegedly did so by lobbying along with Saudi Arabia and modifying drafts of a human rights statement that raised concerns about Bahrain’s activities regarding human rights abuses. According to Reprieve, an international human rights organization, political prisoners in Bahrain are facing execution and more are on trial after confessions were obtained through torture.

Sources familiar with the initiative to discuss these concerns claim that the U.K. sought to convince other U.N. states that things were improving in Bahrain and attempted to dissuade the council from issuing a damning diplomatic statement. Bahrain is sensitive to international pressure, and such a statement would have a huge impact.

Drafts of the statement were reportedly changed to remove elements that were condemnatory and embarrassing to the Bahrain security forces. U.N. officials and human rights campaigners have questioned the motives behind the apparent PR campaign to whitewash Bahrain’s alleged offenses.

The U.K. is a partner with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain’s neighbor and ally, in the sale and purchase of British-made weapons and military hardware, which should raise red flags as to their intentions. Denounce the actions of the U.K. in attempting to subvert international criticism of Bahrain for their human rights record.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Sir Grant,

The recent actions of the U.K. and Saudi Arabia in regards to statements about Bahrain’s potential human rights offenses are despicable if found to be true. International criticism over Bahrain’s activities has been subverted by the efforts of the U.K., which allows Bahrain to continue to flout international human rights laws.

The human rights statement that was drafted by the U.N. was watered down after lobbying by the U.K. and Saudi Arabia, who are partners in arms deals. Claims by the U.K. that conditions in Bahrain are improving go against the findings of the U.N., and the wording of the statements was reportedly altered to avoid potential embarrassment for Bahrain and its security forces.

This obvious undermining of the just criticism of Bahrain for their spotty human rights record is highly suspect given the relationship between the U.K. and the countries involved. Shame on the U.K. for campaigning to ignore or downplay Bahrain’s offenses.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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