Congressman James P. McGovern (D-MA) today urged the Bahraini government to allow Bahrainis to assemble and express their political views on February 14 in commemoration of the one-year anniversary of the outbreak of major demonstrations in Bahrain.
Congressman McGovern also urged the Bahraini security forces and Bahraini protesters to refrain from the use of violence on the anniversary. Violence by either side only serves to strengthen those opposed to genuine peace and reconciliation.
"The rights to assemble peaceably and express political views are fundamental human rights," said Congressman McGovern. "The Bahraini government should respect these critical rights, and all Bahrainis should reject the use of violence."
Congressman McGovern is Co-Chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.