Previously freed Bahraini doctors have been sent back to jail after their appeals were denied. PHR's Richard Sollom asks when Bahrain will allow doctors to carry "out their ethical duties to treat all injured people."
PHR emphatically deplores the imprisonment today of six Bahraini medical professionals convicted as a result of caring for injured protesters last year. The six were among 20 doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals arrested in April 2011 after treating protesters injured in the Arab Spring protest against the Bahraini regime.
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.
Today’s decision by an appeals court in Bahrain to release a hospital worker from prison is a very positive development, but the government must take additional steps if it is to make good on implementing its promised human rights reforms.