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Bahrain Court Acquits 21 Medics of
Politically-Motivated Charges

Bahrain Medics

On March 28, a civilian court in Bahrain overturned the convictions against 21 Bahraini medics who had been convicted and sentenced last year for participating in illegal gatherings during the 2011 Bahrain uprising. While the acquittal of these 21 medics represents a positive step for the Bahrain government, more than a dozen medical professionals remain convicted of politically-motivated charges. Additionally, many of the medics who were acquitted have yet to return to their jobs, and none have received compensation for the treatment they endured.

“The acquittal of the twenty-one medics is welcome news, but we remain deeply concerned about the two medics whose charges still stand,” said ADHRB Director Husain Abdulla. “We are also very concerned about the lack of accountability for the abuse these medics were subjected to during their detention. For justice to fully be served, the Government of Bahrain must release the remaining imprisoned medics, compensate those who were subjected to abuse during detention, and reinstate them to their previous positions. Furthermore, the Government of Bahrain needs to launch a full investigation into allegations of abuse against these medics and other detainees, and hold accountable those responsible for the abuse—including high-level officers.”

ADHRB was not alone in its commendation of the court’s decision. Dr. Deborah D. Ascheim, Board Chair at Physicians for Human Rights, said the decision “goes some distance toward correcting what has been a gross miscarriage of justice,” but urged the Bahrain government to immediately release all prisoners of conscience and offer compensation to those harmed by arbitrary arrest, detention, and torture. Brian Dooley of Human Rights First called the acquittals “horribly late,” and called upon the Government of Bahrain to publicly identify and hold accountable those senior officials responsible for ordering torture to be used to force confessions from the medics.


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Middle East Turmoil and American Decline:
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Critical Condition: Bahrain’s Ailing Healthcare
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Congressman Jim McDermottAmericans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain, and Physicians for Human Rights
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Bahrain News

National Dialogue Update
 Is Bahrain Serious About Reform?
Bahrain Postpones Dialogue on Power Sharing

Prisoners of Conscience Commence Hunger Strike
 Detention Situation Deteriorates for Prominent Human Rights Defender Zainab al-Khawaja
Why I am on Hunger Strike in Bahrain
Don’t Overlook Bahrain, It’s a Matter of Life and Death

Medical Conference Cancelled, Head of Royal College of Surgeons-Bahrain Resigns
 Medical Ethics Conference Cancelled in Bahrain
Bahrain Hit by Doctor’s Desertion
College of Surgeons Bahrain Head Quits over Conference Permit

NGOs Launch Global Advocacy Efforts in Support of Nabeel Rajab
Nabeel Rajab: Global Week of Action – March 21-28
Nabeel Rajab’s Letter from Prison
Bahrain Security Forces Block Marches Supporting Jailed Rights Activist

Pakistanis Held Captive in Bahrain Return Home
Injustice Towards Pakistanis
Pakistani Hostages in Bahrain Sent Home

Attendees at Upcoming Bahrain International Symposium Criticized for Participation
 Liam Fox’s Ties to Intelligence Firm Hired by Bahrain
Liam Fox Faces Questions over Pro-Regime Bahrain Summit
Congressman Busted for Taking Paid Trips to Bahrain is Returning

International Peace Institute Announces New Office in Bahrain
UN Think Tank Opening Office in Bahrain, With Bahraini Government Funding
The UN’s Favorite Think Tank Goes to Bahrain

US Commentary on Bahrain
embassy Remarks by Deputy Assistant Secretary Thomas Melia on the Conclusion of his Visit to Bahrain
Swett and Jasser: Bahrain’s Choice
General Mattis: US Needs Stable Bahrain as Host for Fifth Fleet

 ADHRB Director Husain Abdulla Interviews with LuaLua Bahrain
Status of Free Speech and Political Prisoners in Bahrain (Arabic)
Who Ultimately Bears Responsibility for Human Rights Violations in Bahrain? (Arabic)
Implementation of the BICI Report (Arabic)
Citizen Activism in Bahrain (Arabic)