Bahrain's highest court has upheld the prison sentences given to nine medics for their alleged role in last year's pro-democracy protests, officials say.
PHR strongly condemns today’s refusal by Bahrain’s highest appeals court to overturn prison sentences for nine medical professionals convicted as a result of providing medical care last year to people protesting against the country’s regime.
PHR welcomes the decision this week by the Bahraini public prosecutor to charge two police officers in connection with the torture of medical professionals arrested during popular protests a year and a half ago.
PHR and 13 other human rights organizations signed this letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton encouraging the US to oppose the Bahraini government’s nomination of Saeed Mohammed al-Faihani for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Advisory Committee, saying his appointment would undercut US efforts to bolster the reputation and credibility of that body.
Referencing PHR's report Weaponizing Tear Gas, the UK Parliament calls upon the UK government to "ensure that human rights concerns form the centre-point of all discussions with the Bahraini government until such time that the human rights situation in that country improves."