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US Human Rights Officer Threatened in Bahrain

JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. State Department confirms that an American human rights diplomat in Bahrain, Ludovic Hood, was the subject of threats in recent weeks, but denied reports that he had been recalled as a result.
“He did just complete his tour in Manama and returned to Washington. He's taken up a position here within the State Department. So he wasn't recalled and his posting -- as you know, our assignment cycle has already been set for like the last six months or so,” says State Department spokesman Mark Toner.
“That said, we are aware, as press reports have cited, that there were threats, accusations made against him on some websites. And obviously we take the safety of our diplomatic personnel very seriously, but in this case, he was simply transferred back to Washington,” Toner added. “He was not brought back here because of these -- of these accusations or allegations…he was not brought back early.”

Hood reportedly had been the subject of ethnic slurs and threats in official media reports saying his return was due to concerns over his safety. According to human rights groups, Bahrain’s security forces were accused of a brutal crackdown on protestors during this year’s uprising.
By chance, Bahrain’s foreign minister met with Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg.
“I can't specifically say whether that's going to be raised” during the meeting, Toner said.

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