Jehanne Henry, Sudan researcher for Human Rights Watch, has said that the arrests [of the doctors] were part of a general clampdown on the opposition following President al Bashir's recent victory in elections that were neither free nor fair.
In early June, six leading Sudanese doctors were arrested by the Sudanese Government's National Security and Intelligence Services (NISS) and detained without charge for their membership in the Doctors' Strike Committee, which has called for improvements in salaries and working conditions.
Physicians for Human Rights joins numerous international NGOs, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and Reporters Without Borders, in supporting United4Iran's Global Day of Action on June 12, 2010. June 12 events will be occurring in over 70 cities around the world.
On June 2, Sudanese security forces reportedly attacked medical personnel participating in a peaceful protest march through Khartoum, organized by students of the School of Medicine of Khartoum University.
This week marks Nowruz, or the Persian New Year, in Iran. On this Nowruz, Amnesty International wants to remember several courageous prisoners of conscience in Iran--- including Drs. Kamiar and Arash Alaei---with Nowruz greetings. PHR is pleased to support Amnesty's call to action, which will send a message of hope and solidarity to Kamiar and Arash and other human rights activists in Iran.