Ali Ahmed Ibrahim Al-Jaziri helps lower his son’s shrouded body into a grave as dozens of mourners crowd around. Many cover their noses and mouths to ward off the sting of tear gas wafting nearby. ... The US-based Physicians for Human Rights has described the Bahraini government’s policy on tear gas as unprecedented in the world, releasing a study last year that found police officers routinely fire volleys of canisters at point-blank range at crowds and into homes and vehicles.
Two years after political protests first erupted in Bahrain, the government continues to routinely violate the human rights of protesters, PHR said today.
PHR expert Dr. Sondra Crosby writes of her eye-opening trip to the Syrian border where she examined, assisted, and was inspired by numerous refugees, casualties of the long-running conflict in Syria, and by the doctors who continue to treat them.
PHR condemns today’s decision by Bahrain’s Ministry of Health to dismiss from their ministry jobs eight medical professionals convicted in connection with providing medical care to protesters during the Arab Spring of 2011.
An increasing number of Syrian doctors are being killed or tortured as the war grinds on between President Bashar al-Assad — who was once an ophthalmologist in England — and rebels seeking to overthrow his regime.