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Bahraini doctors start hunger strike over arrests and trials in military court

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 07 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5673
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

Twelve medical professionals detained in Bahrain for the past six months on charges of anti-state activities have begun a hunger strike in protest over their continuing detention and trial in a military court on charges that they believe have been trumped up by a regime that sees them as dangerous political opponents.

The health of many of the 12—nine doctors, one paramedic, and two nurses—has deteriorated while they have been in jail, and seven are now very weak and have had to receive intravenous solutions since they stopped eating on 31 August. Some are thought to be depressed but no longer taking treatment. One is …

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