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For Immediate Release

Bahrain Government Must Not Arrest and Detain Convicted Medics

07/02/2012

PHR called today for the Government of Bahrain to set aside the recent convictions of 11 medics. Four of the 11 medics that were convicted of participating in and supporting unlicensed protests and rallies currently face arrest and detention.

“These medics must not be returned to jail. Given that many of the medics were tortured while in detention, they should be allowed to stay home during the appeal and should not face any additional jail time,” said Richard Sollom, Deputy Director of PHR.

PHR has continually challenged the legitimacy of the charges against the medics.

“We believe the Kingdom of Bahrain still has time to act before the doctors are arrested and taken to prison,” said Hans Hogrefe, Chief Policy Officer at PHR. “In the past, leading medical organizations have called for the release of the doctors. Today we again call on the voices of medical professionals worldwide to urge the Government of Bahrain to set aside the verdicts and not carry out the sentences.”

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is an independent organization that uses medicine and science to stop mass atrocities and severe human rights violations. We are supported by the expertise and passion of health professionals and concerned citizens alike.

Since 1986, PHR has conducted investigations in more than 40 countries around the world, including Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sudan, the United States, the former Yugoslavia, and Zimbabwe.

  • 1986 — Led investigations of torture in Chile gaining freedom for heroic doctors there
  • 1988 — First to document the Iraqi use of chemical weapons on Kurds providing               evidence for prosecution of war criminals
  • 1996 — Exhumed mass graves in the Balkans and Rwanda to provide evidence for               International Criminal Tribunals
  • 1997 — Shared the Nobel Peace Prize for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines
  • 2003 — Warned US Policymakers on health and human rights conditions prior to and               during the invasion of Iraq
  • 2004 — Documented genocide and sexual violence in Darfur in support of international               prosecutions
  • 2010 — Investigated the epidemic of violence spread by Burma’s military junta
  • 2011 — Championed the principle of noninterference with medical services in times of               armed conflict and civil unrest during the Arab Spring
  • 2012 — Trained doctors, lawyers, police, and judges in the Democratic Republic of the               Congo, Kenya, and Syria on the proper collection of evidence in sexual               violence cases
  • 2013 — Won first prize in the Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention with MediCapt, our               mobile app that documents evidence of torture and sexual violence

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