Honoring Liberty in Bahrainby Representative Ted S. Yoho
Posted on 2013-02-15
in the house of representatives
Friday, February 15, 2013
Mr. YOHO. Mr. Speaker, two years ago this month the people of Bahrain
began a movement to seek constitutional reforms where power was shared
with the people. They took to the streets impassioned by a desire to
make sure that government serves the people, not the other way around.
They yearned for the fundamental human right of freedom and aspired to
have reforms that would grant them constitutional rights and self-
Earlier this week, I met with three human rights defenders from Bahrain and they told me about some of the terrible atrocities that have occurred in their country as a response to the protests. They spoke of repression, harassment, and imprisonment. I fear that these responses not only threaten stability in the region but send a signal of oppressed liberty throughout the world. I was struck by the bravery of these young people and applaud their quest for liberty.
Our Constitution is critically important to us. The Bahraini people do not have that all important safeguard to their freedoms and they understandably want it. As Americans, we should welcome the Bahraini people's self-desire to have constitutional reforms and not take action to hinder it.
While I respect our history with Bahrain and our mutual foreign policy interests in the region, their government's actions over the last two years trouble me. It is my hope that the government of Bahrain takes the steps that they have promised their citizens and move towards the constitutional reforms that are so desperately desired by the people.