Nabeel Rajab, head of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, reported to Human Rights Watch that he was beaten by police while leaving a peaceful protest on January 6, 2012. This attack is another example of the ongoing abuses in Bahrain, which recently denied entrance to PHR's deputy director Richard Sollum and prevented him from attending the appeals trial of 20 Bahraini medics who were convicted in September for treating protestors.
Bahraini border authorities have refused entry to Cambridge human rights activist Richard Sollom, who was scheduled to visit the country to witness the appellate court trials of medics who helped protesters during last spring’s uprising.
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today called the trial of Bahraini medics accused of overthrowing the regime and other felonies “severely flawed.” Despite allegations that the doctors’ confessions were obtained through torture, the prosecutor refused to confirm that he will drop the doctors’ confessions during today’s trial.
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An American activist who was refused entry to Bahrain on Sunday said he feared the 20 medics being re-tried for allegedly trying to overthrow the regime would be "scape-goated" by the authorities. Richard Sollom, who had flown in to the country with the intention of observing the medics' retrial today, told the Guardian he hoped international pressure would eventually force the King to quash the charges.
A top official from Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) said on Sunday that he was barred from entering Bahrain to attend the trial. Richard Sollom, deputy director of the US-based organisation, told Al Jazeera that the country's ministry of human rights and social development had rejected his entry after he arrived at Manama's airport.