US-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement To Be Reconsidered Over Human Rights Abuses The U.S. Government will investigate the AFL-CIO labor federation's allegations that Bahrain has perpetrated human rights abuses and failing to protect workers' rights as agreed upon in a free trade agreement between the two countries, the Daily Star reported. The 12.2 million-member trade union pushed the U.S. government to tell Bahrain that it could end the 2006 trade agreement which allowed U.S. farm and service exports into Bahrain and removed all consumer and industrial tariffs between the two nations. Richard Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO, said that trade unions are a part a democratic and pluralistic society. Early in June, President Obama called for Bahrain's rulers to compromise with the opposition and to hold the perpetrators of human rights violations accountable for their actions. Read original post here.