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U.S.-Backed Bahraini Forces Deport Two American Peace Activists Acting As Human Shields

February 13, 2012

On Saturday, Bahrain arrested and detained two American citizens, Huwaida Arraf and Radhika Sainath, for their role in recent protests. They were deported Sunday and returned to New York last night. Both Arraf and Sainath are human rights activists and members of the Witness Bahrain initiative, which places international observers in the country in the hopes of preventing violence by security forces. Their arrest comes just ahead of the one-year anniversary of the popular uprising against the U.S.-backed monarchy. In the past year, Bahraini security forces have killed dozens of demonstrators, and hundreds more have been arrested or fired from their jobs. “[We are] also were getting reports of journalists and human rights organization representatives being denied entry into the country in the lead up to the first anniversary of the Bahrain revolution and this caused great alarm, that the government was planning to escalate its oppression of the people,” says Huwaida Arraf.

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