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The head of a special commission in Bahrain has said authorities used torture and excessive force against detainees arrested in a crackdown earlier this year. The comments by Mahmoud Cherif Bassiouni were the first details from a highly anticipated report released on Wednesday on the measures used against mainly Shia Muslim-led demonstrators seeking greater rights from Bahrain's Al Khalifa monarchy.
Demonstrations against the regime continue in Bahrain, where the government has cracked down aggressively on protesters. Physicians for Human Rights says doctors and nurses have been detained, tortured, or disappeared because they have "evidence of atrocities committed by the authorities, security forces and riot police" in the crackdown on anti-government protesters.
In a continuation of the violence perpetrated by the government of Bahrain on pro-democracy protesters, authorities attacked thousands of protesters on Friday. Since the protests began last spring, Physicians for Human Rights has documented the abuse of medical workers who have evidence of the atrocities committed by the government.
After three years in prison in Tehran and two months waiting for the Iranian government to allow him to leave, AIDS expert Dr. Arash Alaei has arrived in the United States.
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.