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Words of Rula Al Saffar , the president of the Bahraini Nurses Association, who wrote to the Philadelphia Inquirer:

This week, I expect to hear if I will be going to prison for 15 years. The verdict on my appeal, as well as those of 19 other medics convicted in a sham Bahraini military trial last year, is due on Thursday. The Bahraini regime targeted us for treating protesters who were injured in democracy protests.

I lived and worked in the United States for many years, some spent studying at Widener University in Chester. It’s where I learned to volunteer, and last year, when demonstrations erupted in Bahrain, that’s what I did. Salmaniya Medical Complex, the country’s main public hospital, was overwhelmed by protesters hurt by regime forces, so I went to the emergency room to help treat them.

Several weeks later, on entering a government office, I was blindfolded and handcuffed. Over five months of detention, I was beaten, electrocuted, and sexually harassed. Then I was convicted. All just for doing my job.

Al Saffar’s charges were dismissed but nine of her medical colleagues had their convictions upheld. As she warns us:

I understand that America has strategic interests in the region. But Americans should consider the strategic impact of siding with a brutal dictatorship. The United States is losing an entire generation of people not just in Bahrain, but across the Middle East.

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BAHRAIN: Female teacher re-arrest exposes human rights abuse as others recount torture | Women News Network

BAHRAIN: Female teacher re-arrest exposes human rights abuse as others recount torture | Women News Network | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Manama, BAHRAIN: Without proper jurisdiction and legal rights, school teacher and Vice President of Bahrain’s Teachers Association Mrs. Jaleela Al Salman has been forced to return to prison by Bahrain police security following her official release from prison while she was waiting for the appeal of her upcoming case set for December 11.

 

Jaleela Al-Salman,  Rula Al-Safar, Dr. Ghassan Daif

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I was tortured in Bahrain police cell, says one of the doctors jailed for 15 years

I was tortured in Bahrain police cell, says one of the doctors jailed for 15 years | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
As one of 20 Bahraini doctors and nurses given up to 15 years in prison, Dr Roula al-Saffar recalls with outrage the tortures inflicted as police tried to force her and other medical specialists to confess to...
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AIUK : Bahrain: military trial of prominent women activists 'deeply disturbing'

AIUK : Bahrain: military trial of prominent women activists 'deeply disturbing' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Posted: 23 August 2011

‘Civilians should never be tried before military courts’ - Malcolm Smart

The Bahraini authorities’ decision to try two prominent women activists in a military court is a backward step and raises concerns that they will not receive a fair trial, Amnesty International said today.

Roula al-Saffar, head of the Bahrain Nursing Society, and Jalila al-Salman, vice-president of the Bahrain Teachers' Association, have been released on bail after being detained for several months for their involvement in pro-reform protests.

Roula al-Saffar will be tried next Sunday together with 13 other medical workers before the National Safety Court, a military court, although she and Jalila al-Salman, who will be tried by the same court the following day, are both civilians.

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Female Teacher on Hunger Strike in Bahrain Hospitalized | Human Rights First

Female Teacher on Hunger Strike in Bahrain Hospitalized | Human Rights First | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

In July, Human Rights First profiled Jalila al-Salman, a Bahraini teacher who has been detained since March for her alleged role in coordinating a teachers’ strike. We are very concerned to hear from local human rights defenders that Jalila was hospitalized today for chest pains following 10 days on hunger strike. Among the handful of women still in detention in Bahrain, Jalila and fellow prisoner, Roula Al Saffar, the Head of the Bahrain Nursing Society, have undergone a joint hunger strike to protest their continued detention and ill treatment. There are reports that Jalila has been severely tortured.

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Free Rula AlSaffar-رفيده البحرين -كلنا رولا الصفار

Free Rula AlSaffar-رفيده البحرين -كلنا رولا الصفار | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Free Rula AlSaffar-رفيده البحرين -كلنا رولا الصفار | Facebook...
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Bahrain: Roula Al-Saffar defends herself against regime lies, and speaks of her torture by the Regime

Among the medics sentenced to 15 years in prison is Roula Al-Saffar, the head of the Bahrain Nursing Society, who spent over four months in custody before he...
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The Bahraini medic who went to save lives and put her own in danger

The Bahraini medic who went to save lives and put her own in danger | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Rula al-Saffar, whose appeal hearing is on Sunday, tells how she was tortured and jailed for treating injured protesters...
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Activists who tended Bahraini protesters released on bail - The Irish Times - Wed, Aug 24, 2011

Activists who tended Bahraini protesters released on bail - The Irish Times - Wed, Aug 24, 2011 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Front Line believes all charges against health professionals who have been targeted because of their work for human rights should be dropped, he said.

Senator Averil Power (FF) travelled to Bahrain with Front Line to protest against the imprisonment of the medics including Dr Ali Al Ekr, Dr Basim Dhaif and Dr Ghassan Dhaif, who trained at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin. “I welcome the news that Dr Rula Al Saffar and Jalila al Salman have now been released. However, 10 medics remain in custody and another has been transferred to hospital after suffering a ruptured brain aneurism. Our delegation will continue to campaign for their release,” she said.

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Bahrain frees nursing official charged in crackdown on medical personnel

Bahrain frees nursing official charged in crackdown on medical personnel | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
MANAMA, Bahrain — Bahraini authorities have released the country’s top nursing official after five months in custody .

Rula al-Safar, & Jalila al-Salman    

 

GREAT NEWS!  Welcome home!

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Bahrain: Jalila Al Salman and Rula Al Saffar go on hunger strike in protest at ongoing torture and ill treatment in custody | Front Line

Bahrain: Jalila Al Salman and Rula Al Saffar go on hunger strike in protest at ongoing torture and ill treatment in custody | Front Line | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Front Line is deeply concerned for the safety and well being of Mrs Jalila Al Salman, vice president of the Bahrain Teachers's Society and Mrs. Rula Al Saffar Assistant Professor at the College of Health Sciences and the Head of Bahrain Nursing Society, following reports received to day that they have gone on hunger strike in protest at their continuing torture and ill treatment while in custody.
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Considerations: Rula Jassim Alsaffar, #Bahrain

Considerations: Rula Jassim Alsaffar, #Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Rula Jassim Alsaffar; Every day I remember you , I remember what you did to all the staff and to the injured. I remember you screaming, "We need a doctor and two nurses to go to Sitra." We all looked into each others eyes.
Every one was shaking crying staff, securities, except her. She was like 'stop it now we need you to be strong.'
She was running from one ambulance to the other, asking the driver what they need and who.
Suddenly, Ambulance man came saying the thugs beaten him and the staff were locked in Sitra hospital.
Whenever cars arrived at the emergency or any regular cars we would cry pray (duaa elfaraj) accept her. Rula Passim Alsaffa would be pulling beds or she would be running to help carrying the injured.
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