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Published on September 30th, 2011 | by Joe Hinds
Image © [caption id="attachment_3859" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="20 Bahraini Medics Remain Imprisoned © IRNA"][/caption] Twenty Bahraini medics have been jailed by the country's military court after being accused of treating protesters who were injured during the various pro-democracy rallies earlier in the year. Thirteen doctors and nurses have been given 15 year sentences while the remaining seven face sentences ranging from 5-10 years after having been convicted of "plotting the overthrow of government" while several of the doctors were additionally charged with "forcefully taking over control of Salmaniya hospital and its personnel, stealing medical equipment, and fabricating stories to disturb public security". Alongside these harsh and somewhat unjust convictions several of the medics have claimed that they were violently tortured following arrest in order to extract false confessions, with one of the doctors reporting to the Guardian that he was "emotionally and physically abused and received beatings, electric shocks and several threats of rape and murder until he confessed to false accusations". Since news broke of the sentences they have been strongly denounced by several Medical Bodies and Human Rights Groups across the globe, with Phillip Luther of Amnesty International declaring that the sentences are "simply ludicrous charges against civilian professionals who were working to save lives amid very trying circumstances" The shameful reality of the situation remains that the true reason for the targeting of these medical health workers, people who should be praised not imprisoned, is a result of many of these medics' recent interviews with global media organisations, in which several of the doctors repeatedly denounced the government's crackdown on protesters. Already over 30 people have been killed this year in Bahrain with over 1,400 people having been detained and this once again shows a clear statement of intent from the ruling government that those who advocate political or social reform within the country will be dealt with severely. We need not be reminded that this comes since the news that the US approved an increased $200m arms deal with Bahrain last year shortly before the government crackdowns began. Is it now time for the International Community to stop in its current system of serving the best interests of the US economy and actually act upon these Human Rights atrocities?

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Medics In Bahrain Tortured And Jailed For Treating Injured Protesters.

20 Bahraini Medics Remain Imprisoned © IRNA

Twenty Bahraini medics have been jailed by the country’s military court after being accused of treating protesters who were injured during the various pro-democracy rallies earlier in the year. Thirteen doctors and nurses have been given 15 year sentences while the remaining seven face sentences ranging from 5-10 years after having been convicted of “plotting the overthrow of government” while several of the doctors were additionally charged with “forcefully taking over control of Salmaniya hospital and its personnel, stealing medical equipment, and fabricating stories to disturb public security”.

Alongside these harsh and somewhat unjust convictions several of the medics have claimed that they were violently tortured following arrest in order to extract false confessions, with one of the doctors reporting to the Guardian that he was “emotionally and physically abused and received beatings, electric shocks and several threats of rape and murder until he confessed to false accusations”.

Since news broke of the sentences they have been strongly denounced by several Medical Bodies and Human Rights Groups across the globe, with Phillip Luther of Amnesty International declaring that the sentences are “simply ludicrous charges against civilian professionals who were working to save lives amid very trying circumstances”

The shameful reality of the situation remains that the true reason for the targeting of these medical health workers, people who should be praised not imprisoned, is a result of many of these medics’ recent interviews with global media organisations, in which several of the doctors repeatedly denounced the government’s crackdown on protesters. Already over 30 people have been killed this year in Bahrain with over 1,400 people having been detained and this once again shows a clear statement of intent from the ruling government that those who advocate political or social reform within the country will be dealt with severely.

We need not be reminded that this comes since the news that the US approved an increased $200m arms deal with Bahrain last year shortly before the government crackdowns began. Is it now time for the International Community to stop in its current system of serving the best interests of the US economy and actually act upon these Human Rights atrocities?

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