Release Bahraini Doctors and Nurses

  • by: Kristina Chew
  • recipient: President Barack Obama and the US State Department
47 Bahraini medical workers -- 23 doctors and 23 nurses -- are being charged with acting against the state for treating pro-democracy protesters injured in demonstrations that began in February. They will be tried in a military court on charges that are tantamount to saying they have committed treason against the government. 
Physicians for Human Rights has issued a report about the continued abduction of doctors and nurses in Bahrain, noting that there is "hard evidence of systematic and co-ordinated attacks against medical personnel because of their efforts to provide unbiased care for wounded protesters." Further, it's rumored that the doctors and nurses could face the death penalty or life in prison -- for doing their duty, to treat patients entrusted to their care.
We the undersigned ask you to demand the immediate release of 47 Bahraini medical workers -- 23 doctors and 23 nurses -- who are being charged with acting against the state for treating pro-democracy protesters injured in demonstrations that began in February. They will be tried in a military court on charges that are tantamount to saying they have committed treason against the government. 
Physicians for Human Rights has issued a report about the continued abduction of doctors and nurses in Bahrain, noting that there is "hard evidence of systematic and co-ordinated attacks against medical personnel because of their efforts to provide unbiased care for wounded protesters." Further, it's rumored that the doctors and nurses could face the death penalty or life in prison -- for doing their duty, to treat patients entrusted to their care.

Currently Bahrain houses the US Navy’s 5th Fleet, "Washington’s main counterweight against Iran’s expanding military influence in the oil-rich Gulf," says the Arab News. With not only protesters but doctors and nurses persecuted, the US cannot continue to stand by in the face of such human rights abuses. 

Please call for the immediate release of the Bahraini doctors and nurses.

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