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Bahrain clears medics of protest charges

Bahrain clears medics of protest charges | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Arrests of dozens of doctors and nurses were part of the crackdown by the Gulf kingdom's Sunni rulers after an uprising began in 2011 by majority Shias seeking a greater political voice.

International medical groups denounced the arrests.

The medics, nearly all of whom were Shia, were charged with taking part in illegal protests and other acts linked to the demonstrations....

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Tell Bahrain to Free the Medics | act.equaltimes.org

Tell Bahrain to Free the Medics | act.equaltimes.org | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

.....Medical professionals treated thousands of injured protesters as part of their duty during the uprising that began on 14 February, 2011. They tended to the wounded and saved lives while putting their own at risk.

One month later, the Bahraini authorities arrested 64 doctors and medics (BICI Report 694) who had treated injured victims. They were arrested in operating theatres, elsewhere in the hospitals in which they worked and at home by armed security forces. No warrants were issued for their arrest, and for nearly two months they were subjected to torture and abuse......

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Solidarity with the imprisoned Bahraini Medics....

Solidarity with the imprisoned Bahraini Medics.... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

SUMOOOD!

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Congress Members Call for Pardoning of Bahrain Medics | Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED)

Congress Members Call for Pardoning of Bahrain Medics | Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A group of two Senators and 22 Representatives have issued a letter calling for King Hamad of Bahrain to pardon eight medics currently in custody in order “to adhere to international norms of medical neutrality.” The group suggests that the medical professionals were targeted due to the fact that they witnessed the brutality leveled against citizens of Bahrain, and it reiterated calls for the government to “adhere to its promises to implement recommendations from the [BICI report and UN Universal Periodic Review]. The signees include Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA), Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), Rep. James McGovern (D-MA), Jim Moran (D-VA), and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), among others.

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Bahrain court upholds jailing of nine medics

Bahrain court upholds jailing of nine medics | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Gulf state's highest court endorses sentences for medical personnel convicted for taking part in anti-government protests...
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Free the 2 Remaining #Medics in #Bahrain Jail

Free the 2 Remaining #Medics in #Bahrain Jail | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
We, the UnderSigned, Call on International Governments to Pressure the Minister for Justice in Bahrain to Immediately & Unconditionally Release Mr Hasan Matooq & Mr Ahmed AlMushatat from Bahrain...
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Stitching Up Our Injured Children | Witness Bahrain

Stitching Up Our Injured Children | Witness Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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About the “clinic”: it was the living room of a family who had made it available for this purpose. The boy sat on a thin mat on the floor, two women nurses wearing black abayas and hijabs crouched down next to him, gauze, cotton balls, ointment and rubber gloves strewn on the floor between them.

If the boy’s family took him to a proper clinic or to the hospital, he might be arrested for having participated in a protest. If the nurses treating him were discovered, they, too might face arrest.

“But we have to do something,” one nurse, a young woman with a quiet voice and flashing eyes said to me. “When I see this happening, especially to the children, I can’t just sit and do nothing.”

Would she say that on camera, with her face covered, I ask.

She smiled and shook her head no. “I was already arrested and they know me and even my voice. It is too risky.” She showed me a bone in her body that had been broken from torture she received during her last imprisonment and how it had not healed properly and never would, even after two surgeries.

The women turned their attention back to the boy who was crouched on the mat, head buried between his knees, waiting for what was to come. The nurses told him to lay face down on the mat and began their work, without anesthesia. The boy screwed up his face and squeezed his muscles against the pain, but he did not cry. With primitive instruments and deft, gentle fingers, the women stitched his gaping wound closed, and bandaged his head with gauze. ...

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Bahrain doctor sentenced for aiding anti-government protests goes on hunger strike

Bahrain doctor sentenced for aiding anti-government protests goes on hunger strike | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

MANAMA, Bahrain — A doctor sentenced on charges of aiding anti-government protests in Bahrain went on a hunger strike Thursday. ...

The 58-year-old Samaheeji remains free while he considers appealing his one-year sentence. He said Thursday that he went on a hunger strike to protest “brutal and fabricated charges” and draw international attention to the plight of all the doctors, hoping their sentences would eventually being thrown out.

Authorities say the doctors sided with protesters last year and tried to topple the country’s ruling system. The doctors said they were only doing their jobs during the protests and subsequent bloody crackdown.

“We are doctors, not criminals, and we were trying to save lives, and these sentences are political convictions. ... We are innocent,” al-Samaheeji told reporters.

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Bahrain Compounds the Injustice With Doctors’ Convictions

Bahrain Compounds the Injustice With Doctors’ Convictions | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Shiite doctors who treated protesters never should have been arrested. Imprisoning them will only feed the Shiite majority’s legitimate resentment of the Sunni-led monarchy.
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Bahrain overturns jail terms for some medics - [Some, but not all ?!]

An appeals court in Bahrain has partially overturned a ruling that sentenced 20 medics to lengthy jail terms for taking part in anti-government protests in the capital Manama last February.
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WB Ireland: End Persecution of Medical Workers in Bahrain | Witness Bahrain

WB Ireland: End Persecution of Medical Workers in Bahrain | Witness Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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We will hold a vigil outside the Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI) at 1pm on Tuesday 12th June to highlight the plight of RCSI’s Alumni and Staff, as well as to protest RCSI’s silence in the face of this persecution. We will then proceed to Dail Eireann to lobby public representatives. At 4PM we will hold a Press Conference at Buswells Hotel, where we will be joined via Skype by some medical workers from Bahrain.

Email: witnessbahrainireland@gmail.com
Tel: 087 414 7906
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/218200971633281/

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Bahrain & KSA: 3 Women are being deprived of the completion of their medical degrees....

Three Bahraini Female students are losing their dreams to graduate as Doctors from Dammam University in Saudia Arabia (KSA) after the official bodies in KSA banned them from entering Saudia Arabia due to the Political Crisis of Feb 14, 2011 that occured in Bahrain during the Arab Spring Revolutions period, and the story is as follows:

 

Personal Information of Zainab:
Name: Zainab Mohammed Maklooq
Age:(24years)
Nationality: Bahraini
Occupation: Medical Student
University: AL Dammam University (King Fiasal University previously)
Year of studying: 6th year medical student, last semester (two modules to graduate)

 

Personal Information of Aala’a:
Name: Aalaa Sayed Shubber Mohsin Majed (24years)
Nationality: Bahraini
Date of birth: 16th May 1987 (24)
Occupation: Medical Student
University: AL Dammam University (King Fiasal University previously)
Year of studying: 6th Year medical student, Last semester (two modules to graduate)

 

Personal Information of Zahra’a:
Name: Zahra Salman Mohamed Zabar (23years)
Date of birth: 12th January 1989
Occupation: Medical Student
University: Al Dammam University (King Faisal University previously)
Year of Studying: 5th Year medical Student.

 

Case Summary: During the period between the 14th of February 2011 till the16th of March 2011, where the Bahraini revolution took place before authorities cracked down all the protests, we were not allowed to get in or back from Saudi Arabia as smooth as it was. That’s why we had to stay over the weekend at the students housing although we used to get back to Bahrain to meet with our families. Ala’a and Zainab were in Bahrain during the weekend before the crack down took place on the 16th of March and could not get back to university until the 19th of March. However Zahra’a stayed there for more than two weeks because she had exams and was afraid if she get back to Bahrain she will not be able to get back to Saudi as all Shia were banned to get in. On the 21st of March 2011 10:00 PM the director of Al Dmmam University housing requested us to take our personal belongings as an order came from the Higher national security counsel requesting to depart us from Saudi Arabia immediately. We asked for more clarification at that time, but we were told that our families are waiting for us at King Fahd causeway without even mentioning the reasons for that action. Out of the students housing building which our flat is in, the Head of university’s office manager was waiting for us as he drove us in his private car to king Fahd causeway and he handed us to the Bahraini security Force.

Around 50 masked police officers were waiting for us. Until that time we were able to contact our families in Bahrain, but our contact them got stopped since we were submitted to Bahrain security Force as they’ve taken our mobile and they switched them off. They put us in a mini-bus and closed the windows and one of the policemen was shouting on us, belittling us and frightening us. We felt suffocated.

We were concerned because our parents do not know anything about us. Please note that Zainab was in her 13th week of pregnancy as she was most of the time in Bahrain.

The lawyer demanded three times the public persecution to release her because of her maternity condition, however, each time the request was rejected. After that, we have been taken to the police station at king Fahd causeway for further investigation.

At 4 a.m. from the 22nd of March Bahraini authorities took us to another temporary police station to stay the rest of the night there. Our families have had appointed Mr. Abdullah Al Shamlawi as our lawyer.

At 11 a.m. we had been taken again to King Fahd causeway police station where they started the investigations all again with the investigator started screaming and shouting that we have lost all the years of study and we will get a sentence of life imprisonment.

Also he said that we don’t deserve to get scholarships despite that we got the scholarship after we graduated with high GPA (98%) from secondary school.

On the same day, we have been presented to the Public Prosecution and the lawyer attended as well.

General Persecutions directed an accusation to us listed below:
1. Cursing the government symbols and leaders.
2. Incitement the hate toward the regime and demanding the overthrow the regime.
3. Organizing protests at the university and at the university housing in Saudi Arabia.
4. Contacting foreign channel and providing misleading information’s regarding the situation in Bahrain.

The lawyer asked the Public prosecutor to close the file, as there were no evidence against us neither by the Bahraini government or any known evidences provided by the Saudi authorities that would charge us. Despite that, the Public Prosecutor had decided to imprison us up for 7 days while holding our case pending for further investigation in a police station called “Isa town police station for women rehabilitation”. We were among the investigator decision we were supposed to stay in the custody for 7 days only.

However, the custody duration expanded to 23 days until the 13th of April. Suddenly, the authorities have decided to release us where we were handed back to our families from the same police station we detained from. At that time, they let us sign on pledge that we will not participate in any activity against the government and the royal family, we will not contact any media and they have the right to call us anytime if they hand new evidence and by that the case had been closed. On the 2nd of June Ala’a and Zahra received a call asking us to attend the military court.

Zainab was not asked to go due to her maternity. We asked for clarification but what we have been told that we need to sign papers regarding our case.

On the 6th of June we went to the military court and shocked that we were presented in front the military court judge were he accused us with the charge of participating in a protest in the Pearl Roundabout to commit crimes and breach of public security. None of the previous accusation was directed to us.

We had appointed another lawyer called Mr. Mohsin Al Aalwi and to attend court on our behalf. He attended 3 court sessions, when finally on the 21st of June we got the acquittal.

Later, when we decided to get back to the university, we where told from the Saudi authorities on the King Fahd Causeway that we were banned from getting in and we are not welcomed in the country anymore. We contacted the University to get a clarification regarding our studying status but they cleared that they have no authority to help us getting back and it was all directed to them from higher authorities.

From that day until today we had communicated with all possible responsible parties both in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia that might help in our case. We met with the Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd, the prince of the Eastern Region whom supposes to have a direct input in our case. Although, he showed some of understand to our situation, there were no actions taken.

Moreover, we reported the case to BICI (Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry), which one of their recommendations was to return all dismissed students back to their studying seats. The National Committee who’s assigned by the King to apply the recommendations duty was finished on the 20th of March 2012 without even reporting back regarding our case. Keeping in mind that we met with the president of that committee since they started.

Also, we communicated with all human rights defendant parties and committees inside and outside Bahrain.

Last but not least, we met with many committees and missions sent by many countries as UK, US and Ireland who visited Bahrain. Our Current situation, is unknown if we will be able to get back to Saudi where we need to complete the remaining semester (2 months. Otherwise, we need to apply to private universities where most of them we contacted requested us to repeat 3 to 4 years and on our own funding despite we used to have it as a scholarship.

We hope that your foundation could consider our case and help us completing our study.

 

With Regards,
Aalaa Al-Sayed
Zainab Mohammed
Zahara Salman

 

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Bahrain civilian court put medics’ retrial on hold until June

Bahrain civilian court put medics’ retrial on hold until June | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...In March, a retrial began in civilian court but was immediately postponed. Lawyer Jalila al-Sayed says the court Thursday delayed proceedings again until June 14.

A retrial also is under way for a group of 21 activists, including a rights defender on hunger strike for three months.

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لماذا يحاكمون ؟! Why Accuse

فلم وثائقي يسلط الضوء على إستهداف الكادر الطبي البحريني على أداء واجبه الإنساني في علاج الجرحى في إحتجاجات البحرين 2011م ،      |  Documentary sheds light on the target Bahraini medical staff to perform their humanitarian duty to treat the wounded in protests in Bahrain 2011,

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Equal Times exclusive: Free the medics in Bahrain | Equal Times

Equal Times exclusive: Free the medics in Bahrain | Equal Times | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...One year later, after the trial was moved to a civilian court, some medics like Roula were released and acquitted. However, without a clear motivation, the court has rejected the appeal of six remaining doctors and medics, who have been re-imprisoned with sentences ranging from one to five years.

These doctors and medics have started a hunger strike to demand their immediate release and acquittal.

Exclusively on Equal Times, Roula al-Saffar, is making an appeal to the international community to help free their colleagues. ....

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Jailed Bahrain medics 'go on hunger strike'

Jailed Bahrain medics 'go on hunger strike' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

DUBAI — Five medics jailed in connection with last year's anti-regime protests in Bahrain went on hunger strike on Sunday, urging international rights groups to campaign for their release, lawyers said.
The Shiite medics, who have been in prison since October 1 after the Gulf kingdom's highest court upheld their prison sentences, called their action "The Lost Justice," and have stopped taking food and medicine, the lawyers said.
A sixth medic has been released because of time already served.
The medics reiterated accusations that the authorities used "harsh and systematic torture" during months of initial detention in the wake of a deadly crackdown on protests in March last year.
In a statement transmitted by lawyers, they claimed the alleged torture "caused injuries and disabilities whose traces remain on the bodies of the medics."
The statement urged "all international organisations to demand their release." ...

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U.S. concerned after Bahrain upholds health-care workers’ jail terms

U.S. concerned after Bahrain upholds health-care workers’ jail terms | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The United States said Wednesday that it is deeply concerned about a decision by Bahrain’s top court to uphold jail terms for nine health-care workers convicted for their roles in last year’s pro-democracy uprising, calling it a setback for reconciliation efforts in the gulf Arab state.

“We are deeply concerned that the Court of Cassation upheld the rulings against the nine medical professionals who were associated with the protests last year,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said at a news briefing.

 

“We’re also concerned that these convictions serve to further restrict freedom of expression and hurt the atmosphere that’s so necessary in Bahrain for national reconciliation,” Nuland said.

Bahrain’s Court of Cassation on Monday rejected all appeals presented by the defendants and confirmed the previous rulings of prison terms ranging from one month to five years. ...

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Bahrain police face trial over torturing medics | The Raw Story

Bahrain police face trial over torturing medics | The Raw Story | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Bahrain:  Land where torturers get a mock trial and a slap on the wrist, but the victims of the torture get lengthy prison terms!

 

Bahrain jurisprudence is a tragi-comedy of ineptness!

 

Yasqot Hamad!

Yasqot Hamad!

Yasqot Hamad!

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Delusional Bahraini regime must handcuff SickleCell patients to their beds!

Delusional Bahraini regime must handcuff SickleCell patients to their beds! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

[  Hamad is threatened by all things material......he is even phobic about his own shadow!  He's just sure it is following him and it is really an Iranian insurgent shadow!  ]

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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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Free the 3 medical workers in Bahrain | GoPetition

Free the 3 medical workers in Bahrain | GoPetition | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

We, the undersigned, call on HM King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, to release the three medical workers currently detained in prison in Bahrain:

Mr Ahmed Almushatat (a pharmacist), Mr Hassan Matooq (a nurse) and Mr Younis Ashoori (a hospital administrator). All were convicted at military trials and are reported to have been subjected to torture....

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Tánaiste seeks clemency for Bahraini medics

Tánaiste seeks clemency for Bahraini medics | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Gilmore said he has already communicated his concerns about the sentences to the Bahraini authorities through diplomatic channels.
“I welcome the fact that nine of the medical professionals originally sentenced have now been acquitted and that only a small number of the remaining nine whose sentences were upheld are likely to serve out their jail sentences,” the Foreign Affairs Minister said in a statement before urging clemency for all 18 doctors and nurses.
Given the great concerns and doubts which have surrounded this case from the start, and in the wider interests of promoting urgently needed reconciliation within Bahrain, I urge the Bahraini authorities to consider extending clemency to those whose sentences have now been upheld.

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Bahraini doctor to speak at protest today at 1pm at Royal College of Surgeons and Dáil Eireann | Witness Bahrain

...Dr. Nada Dhaif, who has flown in from Bahrain to highlight the mistreatment of the Irish trained medics, will speak at the protest and later at a Press Conference at 4pm in Buswells Hotel....6/12/12

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Scholars Group Asks Bahrain's King to Release Imprisoned Medics - ScienceInsider

Scholars Group Asks Bahrain's King to Release Imprisoned Medics - ScienceInsider | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

As per the BICI recomendations that YOU promised to implement and uphold!

 

Al-Khalifa terrorists are pathological liars....

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Secret Clinics Tend to Bahrain’s Wounded

Secret Clinics Tend to Bahrain’s Wounded | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Amid an uprising, “no one goes to the hospital,” one protester said. The police are there.
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