A Bahrain High Court of Appeals is hearing a retrial of the medical professionals convicted of crimes during the country's protests. Physicians for Human Rights has called the sentences of the medics a violation of medical neutrality.
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is encouraged by the decision by the Bahrain Court of Appeals to hold new trials for the 20 doctors who were recently sentenced as alleged backers of pro-democracy protests. PHR continues to call for the Kingdom of Bahrain to drop all politically motivated charges against the medics and all others charged in connection with the protests.
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today announced the arrival of prominent Iranian AIDS doctors Arash Alaei and Kamiar Alaei in the US following 3 years in prison in Tehran. During their imprisonment, PHR spearheaded a 3-year international campaign which called for their release and engaged hundreds of leading AIDS experts, virologists and health organizations. In late 2010, Dr. Kamiar Alaei was released and Dr. Arash Alaei was released last month.
Following Physicians for Human Rights’ (PHR) call for the Obama Administration to halt a 53 million dollar arms sale to Bahrain, PHR today applauds the decision by the U.S. Government to delay the sale until it reviews Bahrain’s investigation of alleged human rights abuses and implementing reforms.
A major activist group on Monday accused Syrian security forces of stepping up their crackdown on doctors suspected of treating wounded anti-government protesters.