In an apparent response to pressure from Physicians for Human Rights and other groups, including the United Nations, the government of Bahrain has nullified the convictions of 20 medics and ordered their retrial in civilian court.
20 Bahraini medics jailed for treating protesters have had their sentences overturned and will be retried, a decision applauded by Physicians for Human Rights.
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today welcomed the decision by Bahrain’s Attorney General to hold civilian trials for 20 doctors who were sentenced last week as alleged backers of anti-government protests. While an important step towards achieving justice for the doctors, PHR is still troubled by allegations the medics were tortured while they were in detention.
In a violation of medical neutrality condemned by PHR, 20 Bahraini medical professionals accused of treating protesters have been given jail sentences ranging from five to 15 years.
Physicians for Human Rights is calling upon the government of Bahrain to reverse the harsh sentences that it has issued against medical professionals.