Richard Sollom of PHR writes in Global Post about attacks on doctors and patients in the Arab Spring, "When governments attack their doctors, it has a chilling effect on the whole society. The sick and wounded are afraid to seek care — even for life-threatening illnesses. For every doctor a government kills or disappears, hundreds of patients go without treatment. This multiplier effect impacts society for years."
After much delay, a Bahraini court released forensic medical documentation of eight medics who were tortured in detention. Today during the continuing trial of 20 health workers who are charged as alleged backers of pro-democracy protests, the court released medical evaluations of eight medics.
Despite a recent report that Bahrain’s Attorney General intended to drop the charges against 15 medics, today, the judge and prosecutor in the medics’ trial said any decision regarding the dropping of charges will need to be made in court.
Leading human rights organizations are calling on the Kingdom of Bahrain to end the five-day travel limit imposed on all human rights and humanitarian workers traveling to Bahrain.
A year after the uprising in Bahrain began, the government has continued to deny entrance to journalists and human rights activists, including Richard Sollom of PHR.