Husain Abdulla, leader of Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), was a speaker at a Human Rights Day Event at the National Press Club in Washington DC, speaking on behalf of Bahrainis oppressed by government forces that seek to deny democracy. He spoke of the initial protests on February 14, 2011, of those who sought to join the “Arab Spring” movement for democracy, and the brutal oppression of the Bahrain government. Husain Abdulla spoke of earlier oppression by the Bahrain government in 2010 in reaction to earlier protests. He also discussed how Amnesty International reported on Bahrain’s “torture edicts,” making the case the government of Bahrain has been systematically torturing political prisoners. Husain Abdulla stated that Bahraini people are facing 6 governments that seek to deny them human rights.
Since March 2011, Husain Abdulla stated that Bahrain protesters have been subjected to torture and death. 45 were killed, over 2,000 arbitrary arrests, 1,866 cases of documented torture, 5,000 prisoners of conscience, destruction of 40 places of worship, and 3,000 fired from their jobs, 500 forced out of Bahrain, 3 on death row, 477 students expelled from universities, and 300 students had scholarships taken away — all in retaliation for the willingness to protest against the Bahrain government. He stated that over 500 doctors have been detained. He noted that Bahrain is a close ally to the United States, and he urged Americans to call for the American government to end the “blind eye” to Bahrain human rights violations.
The video and audio of his full speech can be seen on YouTube, which is in two parts: Part 1 and Part 2. The Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) group has a web site at BahrainSpring.org