Bahrain’s foreign minister has asked the British Government to get Denis MacShane to shut up about its human rights record. Here he explains why he will not be silent
I am used to endless lies and criticism from the British National Party and its favourite blogger, as well as the Islamist ideologues who hate my work on anti-Semitism, and the offshore-owned press obsessed about Europe. But this is the first time that a government, Bahrain, has written to the British Government asking the Foreign Secretary to shut me up.
23 Oct 2011
A group of Bahraini doctors and nurses - convicted of trying to overthrow the government - are preparing to appeal their sentences.
23 Oct 2011
DUBAI — Twenty Bahraini medics handed long jail terms for their role during anti-regime protests launched an appeal on Sunday, authorities and a defendant said.
The doctors, nurses, and paramedics were initially tried and convicted in the military-run National Safety Court on September 28 on a raft of charges, including incitement to overthrow the regime.
23 Oct 2011
Associated Press, MANAMA, Bahrain — A civilian court Sunday began the retrial for 20 Bahraini medical personnel whose previous conviction on protest-related charges brought outcry from international rights groups and U.N. officials about crackdowns in the Gulf kingdom.
Twenty medical staff convicted of incitement and taking over a hospital during protests to argue against “retrial”.
23 Oct 2011
Bahrain’s High Court of Appeals will hear arguments on Sunday from 20 medical staff convicted of serious crimes arising from the country’s massive spring protests, a case that has attracted international criticism.
The 20 doctors and nurses were convicted on September 29 on charges of weapons possession, inciting sectarian anger and hatred of the regime, obstructing the law, destroying public property, jeopardising general security and ”forcefully occupying” the capital Manama’s main Salmaniya Medical Complex, where they worked.
Rula al-Saffar, whose appeal hearing is on Sunday, tells how she was tortured and jailed for treating injured protesters
21 Oct 2011
When a Bahraini hospital started to take in casualties from the violent crackdown on protesters earlier this year, Rula al-Saffar was one of the first to volunteer. As a medical professor and president of the Bahraini Nursing Society, she was not on the staff of the overwhelmed Salmaniya hospital, but doctors needed all the help they could get.
After eight months of clashes that have claimed close to 40 lives, the Gulf kingdom of Bahrain is bracing itself for the findings of a major investigation into alleged human rights abuses, including torture.
By Frank Gardner BBC security correspondent, Bahrain
18 Oct 2011
The Bahrain Independent Commission of Enquiry (BICI) has heard more than 8,800 complaints and conducted more than 5,700 interviews. Composed of five members from outside Bahrain, it will be announcing its findings on 30 October and the government has promised a swift response.
But will the commission probe deep enough, will its recommendations be acted on, and will it help cure the worsening sectarian divisions on this once peaceful island state?
By: AMANDA PAUL, 16 Oct 2011
While the Arab Spring continues to unfold with events in Syria, Egypt and Libya grabbing the headlines, in the tiny island Gulf state of Bahrain there is increasing concern from the international community over the detention, trial and sentencing of medical doctors and other health professionals by the Bahraini government.
11 Oct 2011
Dr Simon Mills responds to a recent letter in IMT from a senior lecturer at the RCSI Medical University of Bahrain and examines the recent sentencing of a group of Bahraini doctors.
Mohammed Al-Muharraqi wrote an interesting letter to Irish Medical Times recently (September 30, 2011). Among the points of interest is something that was, in fact, omitted: namely, that Mr Al-Muharraqi is a Senior Lecturer and Clinical Tutor at the RCSI (Medical University of Bahrain). It’s a curious thing to leave out of his description of himself, especially given how prominently it features on his own website.
10 Oct 2011
Were the sentenced doctors and nurses occupying Salmaniya Hospital with Kalashinkov weapons and refusing to treat Sunni patients as the regime repeatedly says? Or are these charges fabricated to hide the truth?
Abdullah Janahi is a Sunni Bahraini, he is the vice president of the central commission of Waad, the main secular opposition party in Bahrain.
He recounted in few tweets what he saw in Salmaniya hospital during the major protests in the pearl square between mid February and mid March, and of course what he wrote is completely in contrast with the regime official story.
8 Oct 2011
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has voiced his concerns with regard to the “rather worrying” situation in Bahrain.
This year’s grand prix, which was due to be the season-opener, had to be cancelled following a political uprising that resulted in the deaths of a number of protestors.
5 Oct 2011
Many of you will have been following the fate of the 20 Bahraini doctors and other health professionals caught up in the prodemocracy demonstrations in February. After being arrested and in some cases tortured, the doctors were then put through what Amnesty International has called a “sham” trial, and despite international pressure on Bahrain’s government, they were last week given “ludicrous” sentences of up to 15 years (doi:10.1136/bmj.d6336). Another 27 health professionals are facing lesser charges and awaiting verdicts.
By: Zoi Constantine, 7 Oct 2011
MANAMA: Earlier this week Rula Al Saffar was facing the prospect of spending the next 15 years in prison after she was convicted on charges including incitement to overthrow the Bahraini government.