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New Report: Syrian Forces Launched Assault on Country’s Medical System

12/16/2011

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today released a report detailing the Syrian government’s all-out assault on the country’s medical system. PHR’s report includes new and alarming evidence that government forces deny wounded civilians impartial medical treatment; invade, attack, and misuse hospitals; attack and impede medical transport, and detain and torture doctors for treating wounded civilians. These documented attacks illustrate the broader violence that the Syrian people have endured over the past several months.

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Syrians protest Assad, as Arabs delay crisis talks

Associated Press
12/16/2011

Tens of thousands of Syrians, some of them calling for their president's execution, protested against the authoritarian regime on Friday, as the Arab League indefinitely postponed a meeting on the crisis because of divisions over how to stop the bloodshed. Security forces opened fire during protests and conducted security raids in several places around the country, killing at least 10 people, most of them in Syria's rebellious central region, activists said. The army also sent reinforcements into a southern area where military defectors recently launched deadly attacks on regime troops.

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Doctors in Bahrain merit more than platitudes

The Irish Times
11/29/2011

Much has happened in the small island of Bahrain since it was engulfed in the Arab Spring in February 2011. Unlike other conflicts in other Arab states, the Bahrain protest did not demand the downfall of the ruling regime but sought the establishment of a democratic constitutional monarchy and recognition of human rights.

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Bahraini court resumes retrial of medics

Tehran Times
11/29/2011

A civilian court in Bahrain has resumed the retrial of doctors and nurses who treated injured protesters during the anti-regime demonstrations earlier this year. During Monday's proceedings against the medical professionals, the prosecutors brought weapons into the courtroom, claiming the arms were recovered in March at the Salmaniya Medical Center in the capital Manama where the wounded protesters were treated, the Associated Press reported.

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Disappearing Dissent: How Bahrain Buried Its Revolution

TIME Magazine
11/29/2011

TIME Magazine talks about the impact of PHR's report on Bahrain and the uproar it caused in Congress, which held up a long planned package of arms sales and training programs worth $53 million to the Bahraini military.

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