According to reports from Bahrain, doctors are disappearing as part of a systematic attack on medical staff. Many physicians are missing following interrogations by unknown security forces at Salmaniya Medical Complex, Manama. Although families have tried to contact administration officials, the administration denies any knowledge of their whereabouts. According to family members, the physicians are being held incommunicado in unknown locations.
The Missing Doctors:
Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals are trained to treat those in need — regardless of politics, race or religion. The attacks on health professionals violate the principle of “medical neutrality” and are grave breaches of the international law. The human rights law, international humanitarian law, and medical ethics that define medical neutrality dictate noninterference with medical services in times of civil unrest.
PHR calls on the Government of Bahrain to release these medical professionals unharmed in the absence of legitimate charges, or to formally charge them and assure them a fair and impartial trial.
Click here to tell Crown Prince Shaikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa that Bahrain needs to free all healthcare workers who have been illegally arrested or detained.
“Do you know of a physician that has disappeared? Would you like to offer words of encouragement for the families of the doctors in Bahrain? Tell us your thoughts here.”
For more information about Physicians for Human Rights, visit <physiciansforhumanrights.org>. Cf. Bahrain Center for Human Rights, <www.bahrainrights.org/en>; Jeremy Laurance, “Bahrain’s Secret Terror” (Independent, 21 April 2011).
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