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Bahrain is accused of incarcerating doctors in secret and without charge

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d2681 (Published 26 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2681
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

Authorities in Bahrain are systematically arresting and “disappearing” doctors and nurses in an ongoing campaign to prevent medical professionals from treating people injured in pro-democracy protests, a new report says.

At least 32 medical workers have been arrested since street protests began in the small Gulf state in February, states the report, published on 22 April by the US based group Physicians for Human Rights.

Several doctors have been arrested and not heard from since, says the report. The surgeon Ali El-Ekri was taken from the operating room while he was performing surgery at Salmaniya …

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