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War and civil unrest turn soldiers—and, often, civilians—into deliberate targets. Medical professionals have an ethical duty to provide care and treatment to those in need, without discrimination, even in times of conflict. But during conflict and civil unrest, health care professionals, facilities, and patients too often come under attack. These attacks are not a natural part of conflict, but are deliberate violations of the principle of Medical Neutrality.
On September 29, guilty verdicts and harsh sentences were issued in Bahrain against 20 medical professionals and two protestors who were convicted for providing care to protestors during the country's popular uprising earlier this year. PHR's Chief Policy Officer, Hans Hogrefe, appeared on BBC World News on to discuss the draconian sentences.