PETITION: URGE THE CITY OF PHOENIX TO SUSPEND BUSINESS WITH BAHRAIN UNTIL BAHRAINI HUMAN RIGHTS ARE PROTECTED
Human Rights Watch reported that Bahraini King Hamad Al-Khalifa has ordered attacks on peaceful pro-democracy protesters atÂ Manamaâ€™s Pearl Roundabout. As of February 22, over seven protesters had died from these attacks and hundreds had been hospitalized from injuries.
The City of Phoenix has signed a memorandum of understanding to create a five-year business agreement with the government of Bahrain. Despite these human right abuses, Mayor Gordon has stated that â€œOnce the situation [in Bahrain] sorts itself out, then we’ll see where the economic opportunities stand.â€ (AZ Central, 2/18/2011) Â However, we strongly urge the City of Phoenix to suspend all business with Bahrain until the Bahraini government fully protects human rights.