The fate of six Bahraini medics who received prison sentences last month could be decided on Monday, July 30, when the country’s highest appeals court will hear their case.
PHR condemns an alarming tendency by both sides of the violent conflict in Syria to seriously jeopardize the safety and neutrality of medical staff and facilities.
Doctors Arash and Kamiar Alaei were honored at the International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC, on July 22 with the first Elizabeth Taylor award for their efforts to advocate for people with HIV and to prevent its transmission. PHR led a successful three-year international campaign to free the doctors following their arrest and imprisonment in their native Iran.
The misdemeanor charges against 28 health professionals in Bahrain must be dropped. The health professionals have been charged with illegal gathering to protest against the regime. The medics’ sentences will be announced tomorrow, July 4, 2012, by the Lower Criminal Court.
The Government of Bahrain must set aside the recent convictions of 11 medics. Four of the 11 medics that were convicted of participating in and supporting unlicensed protests and rallies currently face arrest and detention.