For Immediate Release
Physicians for Human Rights(PHR) is encouraged by the decision by the Bahrain Court of Appeals to hold newtrials for the 20 doctors who were recently sentenced as alleged backers of pro-democracy protests. PHR continues to call for the Kingdom of Bahrain to drop all politicallymotivated charges against the medics and all others charged in connection withthe protests.
“This decision is a small victory for the medics and their families whohave been fighting long and hard against these charges,”said Richard Sollom, Deputy Directorat PHR. “We continue to be troubled by the allegations that the medics weretortured while in detention, and until their treatment is investigated and anyforced confessions that might have resulted from the torture are thrown out,justice cannot be served.”
PHR also calls on the Kingdom of Bahrainto allow all medics to resume their jobs and allow all medics and their defenseteam access to the medical examination reports from the Bahrain IndependentCommission of Inquiry’s examination of the detained doctors. PHR has continually condemned the humanrights violations of all civilians during Bahrain’s popular uprising earlierthis year, and has called for all trials to be fair. An estimated 350protestors remain in detention and thousands have been unfairly convicted,abused or fired from their jobs.
In April, PHR released thereport Do No Harm, which detailed Bahrain’ssystematic attacks on physicians, medical staff and patients.
Earlier this week, PHRapplauded the decision by the U.S. Government to delay the sale of 53 milliondollars of arms to Bahrain.However, before the U.S. resumes the sale, Bahrain must engage in significantand measurable changes, including ensuring that any trial upholds internationalstandards of fairness, to prove that it is truly committed to protecting thehuman rights of all its citizens.
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is a New York-based advocacy organization that uses science and medicine to prevent mass atrocities and severe human rights violations. Learn more here.