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Bahrain's assault on medical professionals

Richard Sollom, author of PHR's emergency report on Bahrain, addresses the US government lack of response to the Bahraini government attack on medical professionals and patients after unrest in the Persian Gulf Kingdom.

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Bahrain unrest breaches principles of medical neutrality and international law.


Thousands of protesters in the small island Kingdom of Bahrain in the Persian Gulf took to the streets calling for government reform in early 2011. The government’s response was brutal and systematic: shoot civilian protesters, detain and torture them, and erase all evidence. On the frontline, treating hundreds of these wounded civilians, doctors had firsthand knowledge of these abuses and suffered from them themselves.

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The shocking thing is that Bahrain abuse is systematic

The Independent

Richard Sollom of PHR writes in The Independent, "In two decades of conducting human rights investigations in more than 20 countries, I have never seen such widespread and systematic violations of medical neutrality as I did in Bahrain... Bahrain's ambulances, hospitals and medical clinics as well as its physicians, nurses, and medical staff are all being targeted. It's pervasive and ongoing."

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Health and Human Rights in Chin State, Western Burma


The Chin State of Burma (also known as Myanmar) is an isolated ethnic minority area with poor health outcomes and reports of food insecurity and human rights violations. We report on a population-based assessment of health and human rights in Chin State.

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UN Urged to Protect Rohingya

Radio Free Asia

Radio Free Asia interviews Sollom regarding PHR's emergency report, Stateless and Starving, on Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

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