Human rights activists have been kicking up a storm ever since the tiny Gulf Kingdom of Bahrain, a staunch US military ally, arrested 23 of their colleagues, brutally tortured them and put them on trial for treason. But a less known story of resistance has come from a more subtle, surprising part of the courtroom: the lawyers.
We last reported that a Starbucks locked a group of human rights advocates and the families of torture victims inside the store and then kicked them out. Starbucks refused to apologize, claiming the incident was not a big deal. The verdict? Starbucks is lying, and secretly launched a full investigation. After hundreds of Change.org members petitioned Starbucks to apologize, yesterday they finally did.
Things have been better for Bahrain’s 23 human rights activists, opposition activists, bloggers and dissident clerics all on trial for treason. After being tortured for months, today their entire defense team quit. Local activists are calling on their international supporters to up the pressure.
Last week we reported that a Starbucks in Bahrain willingly agreed to an unofficial government request to kick out a group of journalists, international observers, human rights advocates and the families of torture victims, all just sitting around drinking coffee. But after Change.org contacted a number of witnesses, it turns out that the Starbucks staff kicked out the observers and human rights advocates after having locked them inside! What does Starbucks have to say about this? So far, nothing… That’s where all of you come in.
Starbucks proudly claims to have “a positive impact” on the communities the company’s numerous branches all over the world serve, but their employees in the tiny Middle Eastern island kingdom of Bahrain don’t seem to have gotten the memo. Starbucks managers willingly and immediately agreed to an unofficial Ministry of Interior request to kick out a group of journalists, international observers, human rights advocates and the families of torture victims, all just sitting around drinking coffee.
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