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.
The Gulf Arab state denied entry Sunday to an official of U.S.-based Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) who wanted to attend the trial of a group of medics detained during the protests, the group and a Bahraini activist said.
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today strongly condemned the actions taken by Bahraini border authorities who refused PHR’s Deputy Director Richard Sollom entrance into Bahrain. Sollom holds a valid visa and has received frequent invitations by senior Bahraini cabinet members to visit the country.
An American human rights activist, who intended to observe a protest-related trial in Bahrain, was denied entry into the Gulf kingdom on Sunday despite authorities' pledge of transparency.
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Restoring national unity is paramount to ending the crisis in Bahrain, and as in all countries where serious social and political conflicts exist, real resolutions can only be achieved when the root causes of the conflict are addressed.