The online publication Bahrainviews.com has posted a letter to U.S. Congress in which the citizens of Bahrain, as its signatories, denounce the actions of “peaceful protesters” against the kingdom’s civilian population and its police forces. They also accuse local human rights activists of misrepresenting the situation in Bahrain for their own political gain. (Read a Viewpoint essay related to this post.)
Claiming to be subjected to “constant vicious vandalism and terror attacks,” the letter’s authors provide five sample videos of “daily atrocities committed,” pointing out that they are “wiling and able” to provide thousands more.
The letter refers to the opposing side as a “minority opposition [that] has no interest in reform and [has] more interest in political power and destroying the very ethics of our society.”
The letter’s authors single out for criticism activist Nabeel Rajab, “head of the illegal Bahrain Center for Human Rights,” as they refer to him, accusing him of engaging in political activity under the pretext of human rights.
”A Human Right Activist should not be a part of any party political organization, they should not advance any particular form of government or religion and should be impartial in their approach to political and social disputes that are not connected to fundamental human rights,” the letter states.
Human rights activists reporting on Bahrain, the authors write, should “treat everyone with respect, including those who disagree with them,” but “they have refused to listen to both sides.”
We believe you have been provided a very bias[ed] picture of the overall [situation] in Bahrain.
”We believe you have been provided a very bias[ed] picture of the overall [situation] in Bahrain, point out the letter’s authors in their appeal to U.S. lawmakers.
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