Human Rights Activists & Medical Care Criminalised in Bahrain

03.10.11 | |

Sarah Elliott has returned from a Human Rights mission to Bahrain on behalf of IFEX, International PEN and Frontline Defenders. She acted as a trial observer for appeal verdicts of human rights activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja and renowned blogger Dr Alsingace, both convicted by a special security court as part of a group of 21 activists accused of 'plotting to overthrow the government' during the protests in Bahrain in February and March of this year. Seven of the 21 were tried and sentenced in their absence; the remaining 14 had their appeals dismissed and sentences upheld. Both AL-Khawaja and Alsingace received sentences of life imprisonment .The security court further sentenced a number of doctors, nurses and paramedics who had treated those injured in the protests to lengthy terms of imprisonment, many receiving sentences of 15 years imprisonment.

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