Two Senators and 22 Representatives jointly signed a letter to the King of Bahrain today, calling on him to pardon eight medical professionals convicted for providing medical care to injured protesters. The letter notes that the medics were charged and convicted for adhering to their professional obligations to care for those in need and for witnessing the Bahraini government’s excessive use of force. Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has repeatedly condemned the Bahraini government’s attacks on medical professionals, and has urged the nation’s highest authorities to immediately release the medics from prison. We at PHR commend the Senators and Representatives who signed today’s letter for taking a stand against violations of medical neutrality and for pressing the Government of Bahrain to uphold its international legal obligations.
The letter was signed by Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Representatives Jim McDermott, James McGovern, John Olver, John Conyers, Dennis Kucinich, Adam Schiff, Hank Johnson, Barbara Lee, Keith Ellison, Rush Holt, Lynn Woolsey, Charles Rangel, Raul Grijalva, Trent Franks, Jim Moran, Alcee Hastings, Sheila Jackson Lee, Earl Blumenauer, Rosa DeLauro, Michael Honda, Jan Schakowsky, and Sam Farr.