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Freedom For Bahrain Medics

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THE BAHRAINI MEDICS “CONVICTED BY MILITARY COURT ON 29 th SEPTEMBER ‘2011” STATEMENT REGARDING THE
PUBLIC PROSECUTOR’S STATEMENT ON THE TRIAL OF MEDICS IN CIVILIAN COURTS

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Marian Harkin on Situation in Yemen and Bahrain

Speech by Marian Harkin MEP (ALDE ADLE) on : Situation in Yemen and Bahrain [MEP Speech] [Language EN original] Harkin-EN_111012_194041_mesp_en...

 

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FREE ABDULHADI ALKHAWAJA NOW ! ! !

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DoctorsInChains.org | Standing in solidarity with the doctors in Bahrain

This site has been setup to raise awareness about and show solidarity for the 20 health workers in Bahrain, who were:

   arrested without warrants;
   tortured;
   forced to sign confessions under duress;
   given an unfair military trial;
sentenced from between 5 years up to 15 years in prison.

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Jailed doctors call for U.S. support in Bahrain

Jailed doctors call for U.S. support in Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

 A boy holding a Bahraini flag gestures to the camera as he participates in a rally held by the Shi'ite opposition party Al Wefaq in Tubli, south of Manama, September 22, 2011. 

 

The relatively muted U.S. response to the sentencing this week of doctors, teachers and opposition activists in Bahrain is renewing calls there for the Obama administration to take a stronger line against rights abuses in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom.

Dozens of people detained after huge anti-government protests in February have been tried under emergency law in the
quasi-military National Safety Court, and in recent days were given prison terms ranging from three years to life. A civilian court has ordered the retrial of 20 doctors, but at least 80 more people sentenced for crimes that include organizing illegal gatherings remain in prison.

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ANA criticizes Bahrain for imprisonment of nurses | National Nursing News

ANA criticizes Bahrain for imprisonment of nurses | National Nursing News | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The American Nurses Association released a statement condemning the Bahraini judicial system for imposing prison sentences on 20 healthcare professionals, including nurses, who treated wounded political protesters earlier this year.

Perhaps because of international pressure, including from the U.S. State Department and the United Nations, the Bahraini government changed course Wednesday and ordered a retrial for the medical personnel. The decision moves the trial from a special security court to a civilian court and allows the healthcare workers to remain free pending the outcome.

The original sentences for the healthcare workers, including Roula Jassim Mohammed al-Saffar, a leader of the Bahrain Nursing Society, ranged from five to 15 years in prison.

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Shakespeare: 'Khalifas are perverts!'

Shakespeare:  'Khalifas are perverts!' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Bahrain's military tribunal has sentenced dozens of protesters to up to 25 years in jail for taking part in anti-regime demonstrations.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Rodney Shakespeare, head of the Committee against Torture in Bahrain, to shed more light on the atrocities committed by Saudi-backed forces against Bahraini protesters.

The video offers the opinions of two additional guests, Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights in Manama and Daoud Khairallah professor of law at Georgetown University.

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Convicted Bahraini medics cry foul

Bahraini doctors and nurses convicted of conspiring against the government are set to begin their jail sentences. Some of them have been sentenced to 15 year...
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أشتون تعبر عن قلقها وتطالب بالسماح لمفوضية الأمم المتحدة بزيارة البحرين | محليات - صحيفة الوسط البحرينية - مملكة البحرين

أشتون تعبر عن قلقها وتطالب بالسماح لمفوضية الأمم المتحدة بزيارة البحرين | محليات - صحيفة الوسط البحرينية - مملكة البحرين | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
قالت الممثل السامي لشئون السياسة الخارجية والأمن في الاتحاد الأوروبي كاثرين أشتون في بيان صادر عنها أمس الأول الجمعة (30 سبتمبر/ أيلول 2011): «أعبر عن قلقي الشديد من المحاكمات الأخيرة بحق المدنيين البحرينيين في محكمة السلامة الوطنية، وخصوصاً أنه تم...

 

The High Representative for common foreign and security policy Catherine Ashton, the EU said in a statement issued on Friday (30 September 2011):

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Doctor jailed in Bahrain claims he was tortured - Channel 4 News

Doctor jailed in Bahrain claims he was tortured - Channel 4 News | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A Bahraini doctor sentenced to 15 years in prison after treating an injured demonstrator tells Channel 4 News he was tortured after witnessing "the most atrocious attacks on innocent protesters".
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Bahrain denies medic mistrial charges - Aljazeera english

Interview with (4) Medics who have been wrongfully imprisoned by the Bahraini government

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I was blindfolded, then tortured and sexually attacked until I 'confessed': Doctor facing jail after treating Bahrain riot victims tells of her terrifying ordeal

I was blindfolded, then tortured and sexually attacked until I 'confessed': Doctor facing jail after treating Bahrain riot victims tells of her terrifying ordeal | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Dr Haji, pictured with her son Yusuf, was one of 20 doctors and nurses sentenced to jail terms of between five and 15 years at a special military tribunal on Friday.
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How can the Medics have acted illegally when they were Gov't certified to have a Medical Tent at Lulu?

How can the Medics have acted illegally when they were Gov't certified to have a Medical Tent at Lulu? | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

So the Doctors and Nurses are innocent,  but they have been imprisoned and tortured by the regime:

 

The illegal Al-Khalifa regime must be put on trial for :

1. Illegal detainments

2. Illegal prosecutions in military courts of civilians.

3. Torture

4. abrogation of the Bahraini Constitution guaranteeing the right to free speech.

5. abrogation of the Bahraini constitution guaranteeing all the right to Medical care.

6. Violation of the Human Rights Principle of 'Medical Neutrlity.'

7. The murders of 40+ Bahraini martyrs.

8.  Violations of Bahrain Sovereignty - allowing the nation to be occupied by foreign mercenaries.

.....etc.  

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The Associated Press: Bahrain medics seek UN probe of prison sentences

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Bahraini doctors and nurses convicted of links to anti-government protests and sentenced to long prison terms appealed to the U.N. chief Saturday to investigate their claims of abuse and judicial violations in the trial.
The medical professionals — whose sentences range from five to 15 years — are appealing the security court's ruling and speaking out against the wider crackdown by the Gulf kingdom's Sunni rulers against protests for greater rights by the Shiite majority.
The trial has been closely watched by rights groups that have criticized Bahrain's prosecution of civilians at the special security court, which was set up under martial law-style rule that was lifted in June. The U.N. human rights office and the U.S. State Department are among those questioning the use of the court, which has military prosecutors and both civilian and military judges.
The doctors and nurses worked at the state-run Salmaniya Medical Center close to the capital's Pearl Square, which became the epicenter of Bahrain's uprising, inspired by other revolts across the Arab world. The authorities saw the hospital's mostly Shiite staff — some of whom participated in pro-democracy street marches — as protest sympathizers, although the medics claimed they treated all who needed care.
"During the times of unrest in Bahrain, we honored our medical oath to treat the wounded and save lives. And as a result, we are being rewarded with unjust and harsh sentences," said a statement released by the medics after the court's ruling.

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‭BBC Arabic‬ - ‮الشرق الأوسط‬ - ‮البحرين تعيد محاكمة الاطباء والمسعفين امام محكمة مدنية‬

‭BBC Arabic‬ - ‮الشرق الأوسط‬ - ‮البحرين تعيد محاكمة الاطباء والمسعفين امام محكمة مدنية‬ | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
بيان حكومي يفيد بأن النائب العام في البحرين امر باجراء محاكمة جديدة امام محكمة مدنية لنحو عشرين طبيبا وممرضا صدرت بحقهم احكام بالسجن من محكمة عسكرية في اعقاب احداث الاحتجاجات التي شهدتها البحرين في وقت سابق هذا العام.
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Crack-down in Bahrain - Blog - The Arabist

Crack-down in Bahrain - Blog - The Arabist | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

We talked about Bahrain in our last podcast. I have been in touch with students and professors there for a story on the how the crackdown on the country's Shia protest movement has affected universities for The Chronicle of Higher Education. The incredible verdicts against doctors have gotten the most attention, but students and professors have also been targeted:

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Undercover Kingdom - Bahrain, April 2011

Bahraini protestors may face death penalty To see more go to http://www.youtube.com/user/journeymanpictures Follow us on Facebook (http://goo.gl/YRw42

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Bahrain: Dr Ghassan Dhaif Tweets His Jail Experience · Global Voices

Bahrain: Dr Ghassan Dhaif Tweets His Jail Experience · Global Voices | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A Bahraini doctor is one of 20 sentenced doctors who have taken to Twitter to tell the world their story with imprisonment, torture and harassment in their own words.
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Bahrain at boiling point - World (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Bahrain at boiling point - World (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Physician's Oath requires doctors the world over to treat people regardless of "religion, nationality, race, party politics or social standing".

Yet in the Kingdom of Bahrain, medical ethics are no defence.

This is the story of what happened in March this year, and the appalling consequences for medical professionals for simply doing their duty.

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إحراج ممثل حكومة البحرين من المتصلين ومذيع البي بي سي

يلاحظ أن ممثل حكومة البحرين كان يتأتأ بالكلام ويتأخر بالإجابة عن السؤال إلى أن يجاوب بجواب غير منطقي هذا غير أن كل شوي (يبلع ريقه) ويتردد بالكلام بطريقة واضح...

A member of the Khalifas gets grilled on TV over the BOGUS trials and sentences of the Bahraini Medics!

See him squirm, hesitate, figit, and search for words......looks like a liar, spinning a web to me!

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بيان صحافي - Bahrain Medical Association

Disapproval of the judgments of the right of Bahraini medical staff

Bahrain Medical Association expresses its concern and surprise at the harsh sentences today against 20 of the civilian medical personnel of the Court of the Bahraini NationalSafety military on charges have no basis in fact, the court could not prove any of them.

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Bahrain Doctors Dr Ghassan Dhaif And His Wife Dr Zarhra Al Sammak Allege Torture And Are Facing Jail | World News | Sky News

Bahrain Doctors Dr Ghassan Dhaif And His Wife Dr Zarhra Al Sammak Allege Torture And Are Facing Jail | World News | Sky News | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Two doctors who are facing jail for treating anti-government protesters in Bahrain have told Sky News how they were tortured by the authorities.
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Bahrain imprisons doctors for treating protesters - CBS News Video

Bahrain imprisons doctors for treating protesters - CBS News Video | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
CBS News video: Bahrain imprisons doctors for treating protesters - The UN condemned Bahrain's brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters. And now, Bahrain has put doctors on trial for treating those injured in the uprising.
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MUST WATCH: Bahrain State TV Report about Salmaniya Hospital on March 9th | 14FebTV Channel 2

MUST WATCH: Bahrain State TV Report about Salmaniya Hospital on March 9th | 14FebTV Channel 2 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
MUST WATCH: Bahrain State TV Report about Salmaniya Hospital on March 9th 2 Oct 2011 This video is a report of the state television (Btv) broadcasted on the 9th of March 2011, before the brutal...

[OOPS!  It looks like Hamad is still in the horse-n-buggy days!  He should have taken into account the electronic age of the internet, cell phones and digital recording before he started his BOGUS prosecutions of these Great Medical Professionals!  Electronics makes Hamad's bad lie an even worse fabrication than it already is.  A lie becomes a stupid, ill-concieved lie......says alot about the teller...]

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Gilmore to raise jailing of medics with Bahrain - The Irish Times - Sat, Oct 01, 2011

Gilmore to raise jailing of medics with Bahrain - The Irish Times - Sat, Oct 01, 2011 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
THE GOVERNMENT is contacting Bahraini authorities to express its “deep concern” at the long prison sentences given to 20 medics, including six associated with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI).

 

[World solidarity with the medical professionals in Bahrain!]

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Outrage in Bahrain -

Working at the nearby Salmaniya Medical Complex, Dr al-Ekri and his colleagues fought to save the lives and ease the suffering of those hurt in the clashes between the protesters and the security forces. These medics, in other words, did their job under enormously difficult circumstances. Several were interviewed at the time by international news organisations, including journalists working for this newspaper. For doing that job, and, one suspects, for doing those interviews, these courageous men and women have received lengthy jail terms of up to 15 years.
The sentences handed down to the 20 medics by a military court in Manama yesterday are an affront to the most basic values of a civilised country. The trial itself made a mockery of justice. Civilians should not be prosecuted in a military court. The charges, all of which were denied by all the defendants, were the sort of catch-all accusations favoured by the most paranoid totalitarian regimes. The court session lasted seven minutes. The defendants were not present. No evidence was produced. Defence lawyers were not allowed to cross-examine prosecution witnesses. Most damningly, according to many credible accounts, confessions to the crimes signed by the accused were extracted under torture.

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