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Jailing Doctors in Bahrain: High Price of Freedom | Counterpunch

Bahrain’s military court has sentenced 20 doctors, nurses and paramedics who treated protesters injured during pro-democracy rallies earlier in the year to up to 15 years in prison. The defendants say they were tortured during interrogation to extract false confessions. … Human rights groups described the sentences as “a travesty of justice”. Philip Luther, of Amnesty International, said: “These are ...

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Bahrain military court finds medics guilty | Amnesty International

A military court in Manama today found a group of doctors and other health workers guilty of attempting to topple the government during protests earlier this year, in what Amnesty International said was a travesty of justice. At a seven-minute court session, the president of the military-run National Safety Court of First Instance read the names of the 20 defendants, ...

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Fractures in Bahrain: Power Struggle Deepens Divisions Among Bahraini Royal Family | Counterpunch

Senior Bahraini police officers suspended for torturing detainees are being swiftly reinstated in a sign of a growing struggle for power within the al-Khalifa royal family over the extent of the repression to be used against pro-democracy protesters. In addition, 90 Jordanian officers, serving in the Bahraini police force and alleged to have mistreated prisoners, are having their contracts terminated ...

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Bahrain’s movement alive regardless of media neglect | Waging Nonviolence

Mohamed Ali Alhaiki’s symbolic action, which was filmed and posted on YouTube, will be remembered by hundreds of thousands of Bahrainis who have participated in pro-democracy protests since February 14th. They will remember this like they remember Ali Jawad Al-Sheikh, the 14-year-old boy who was killed a few days earlier on the morning of Eid—one of two days of celebration ...

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Jailed Bahrain activists stage hunger strike | The Guardian

Opposition supporters caught in crackdown on anti-government protests have refused food for nine days More than 100 jailed Bahraini activists – including doctors who treated injured protesters during months of anti-government dissent – are on hunger strike, an international panel revealed on Wednesday. The Bahrain independent commission of inquiry said 84 opposition supporters have been on hunger strike for nine ...

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Patrick Cockburn: Bahrain: the Divided Kingdom | CounterPunch

Sometimes I think there must be a fatal connection between the initial letter “B” and places torn apart by struggles for power between different religious communities. I started as a journalist in Belfast in the early 1970s when the city was convulsed by sectarian warfare between Catholics and Protestants. In later years, I moved to Beirut to cover the many-sided ...

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Patrick Cockburn: Pogroms and Purges in Bahrain: ‘Like Belfast at its Worst in the 1970s’ | CounterPunch

Bahrain, a small island with a population of 1.2 million, half of them Arabs, should have been the one place in the Arab world where compromise was possible between rulers and ruled and between Sunni and Shia. Instead it has joined a handful of places like Beirut and Jerusalem where communities are totally polarized and hate and suspicion fill the ...

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Report: Doctors targeted in Bahrain | Al Jazeera

Bahraini security forces attacked doctors and nurses, lay siege to hospitals and clinics, detained protesters who sought treatment, and arrested and prosecuted dozens of medical personnel after unrest hit the island kingdom in February, a prominent human rights organisation has alleged.

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Bahrain rights activists jailed for life | The Guardian

Hopes of dialogue between Bahrain’s Sunni leaders and the country’s restive Shia majority have been dashed when 21 civilian activists were given lengthy prison sentences as a crackdown against protesters continues unabated. The verdicts, handed down by a military court, were roundly criticised by human rights groups as clear examples of “political and summary justice”. Read more here: Bahrain rights ...

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Bahrain rights activists jailed for life | The Guardian

Hopes of dialogue between Bahrain’s Sunni leaders and the country’s restive Shia majority have been dashed when 21 civilian activists were given lengthy prison sentences as a crackdown against protesters continues unabated. The verdicts, handed down by a military court, were roundly criticised by human rights groups as clear examples of “political and summary justice”. The sentences were imposed under ...

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