Medical Neutrality and the Use of Weaponized Tear Gas in Bahrain
The Bahraini government’s response to the early 2011 pro-democracy protests was brutal, systematic, and violent. In addition to birdshot and rubber bullets, government law enforcement attacked unarmed protestors with toxic chemical agents including tear gas. The government’s crackdown on the medical profession was especially harmful, as security forces arrested and detained doctors, raided health facilities, and obstructed patients from receiving necessary care. This fact sheet provides an overview of Bahrain’s violations of medical neutrality and its weaponized use of tear gas.