Human rights group calls on Bahrain to release medical personnel and remove security forces from hospitals

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 26 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4781
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

Human rights activists have called on Bahrain’s security and military forces to stop immediately the harassment, intimidation, arrest, torture, and ill treatment of medical staff working in health facilities.

A report from Human Rights Watch concludes that the Bahrain government should “end its campaign against the medical community, cease the detention and persecution of medical professionals solely for exercising their rights to freedom of assembly and expression,” and allow unhindered access to medical treatment for all. The government should also conduct an investigation of the alleged violations, says the report.

Since mid-February, when anti-government protests began, the New York based rights advocacy group has documented attacks by security …

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