In response to advocacy from groups like Physicians for Human Rights, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano fixed a flaw in current immigration law by creating an exemption to the material support bar for health professionals who have provided medical assistance to wounded combatants as part of their ethical and moral responsibilities.
The Medical Neutrality Protection Act of 2011 is a bipartisan bill largely drafted by PHR that makes the protection of medical professionals and access to medical services a global policy priority for the US government.
See UPDATE to this May 2011 post. Ireland’s leading medical institution, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), which has trained many Bahraini physicians, has been conspicuously absent in the global call for the Kingdom of Bahrain to stop its relentless and systematic attack on medical workers.
Following PHR's calls for the release of detained doctors and medical staff in Bahrain, nine doctors were reportedly freed. According to PHR's sources in the field, eight female doctors and one male doctor were released late yesterday evening.
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today released an emergency report which documents and decries systematic human rights abuses in Bahrain.