Bahrain Sentences Medics Who Treated Protesters……

29 Sep

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah today pardoned Shaima Jastainav, the woman sentenced to 10 lashes for driving a car, which is a welcomed development; (see Saudi Arabian Woman Sentenced to Public Flogging’ – Dripping Tap – 28 September 2011).  However, in Bahrain, which was supported by up to 1500 Saudi troops to quash opposition and public protests against the ruling Al Khalifa family, 20 doctors and healthcare workers were sentenced to between 5 and 15 years in prison for ‘incitement to overthrow the regime’……

 

The workers all worked in the Salmaniya Medical Complex and were treating those injured in the protests……

 

In a separate case two protesters were sentenced for alleged attacks against the Bahrain security forces; one to life imprisonment and the other to execution.  The detainees claim to have been tortured……

 

Yet again the British Government, whilst supporting Egypt, Tunisia and Libya in the ‘Arab Spring’, are prepared to discount the actions taken against the citizens of  Bahrain and Syria.  In a statement made by the Foreign Office on 1 June 2011 they, ‘Strongly urged the Governments of Bahrain & Syria to meet all of its human rights obligations, uphold political freedoms and equal access to justice and the rule of law’.  Words which will have given little comfort to the latest 22 victims of the clampdown……

 

Despite the political rhetoric from the US and the UK, sanctions have not been imposed against Saudi Arabia, Syria or Bahrain and the mutually beneficial arms and oil trade continues……

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