Following news reports that leading Bahraini opposition activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja will be granted a retrial along with 20 other activists, PHR called for a fair and open trial for all. A Bahraini appeals court today ordered the retrial of the 21 detainees to take place in a civil court.
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Despite report from PHR, F1 race will continue as scheduled in Bahrain amid protests against human rights atrocities.
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With the F1 circus underway in Bahrain, business and tourists are pouring back into the tiny Gulf Kingdom. But the gleaming cars and cheering race crowds are in stark contrast to what’s going on behind the scenes. PHR's Richard Sollom is quoted in this Deutsche Welle story on Bahrain.
Upon returning from an investigation in Bahrain, PHR criticized the Government’s indiscriminate and systematic use of tear gas against civilian protesters and densely populated Shia neighborhoods. PHR calls for the immediate suspension of the use of this toxic gas because of its suspected severe health impact on the population.
Richard Sollom of PHR writes in Global Post about attacks on doctors and patients in the Arab Spring, "When governments attack their doctors, it has a chilling effect on the whole society. The sick and wounded are afraid to seek care — even for life-threatening illnesses. For every doctor a government kills or disappears, hundreds of patients go without treatment. This multiplier effect impacts society for years."