Torturing Bahraini Doctors - by Stephen Lendman
For months, courageous Bahrainis protested peacefully against the Al Khalifa monarchy's repressive brutality, corruption, and discrimination, as well as unemployment, poverty, and other unaddressed social justice issues.
The response has been ruthless state terrorism against anyone challenging regime control, no matter how lawless, barbaric, and unresponsive to basic human rights and needs.
Since the mid-February uprising began, America's media largely ignored it, especially extreme repression Washington supports. Complicit in helping a key ally, Bahrain is home to the Navy's Fifth Fleet, strategically located in the heart of the Persian Gulf.
On June 6, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) highlighted the mistreatment of doctors and nurses, explaining their arrests, detentions, torture and upcoming military trials for doing their job.
Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR) President Stephen Soldz spoke publicly saying:
"We cannot be silent. Many of our members are health providers. The government of Bahrain arrested nearly 50 doctors and other health providers, many of whom have been tortured. Their 'crime' is refusing to let injured protesters die and informing the world press about the abuses they witnessed."
Scheduled to start on June 6, trials for 47 doctors and other medical providers will begin next week, maliciously charged with:
-- refraining from providing aid;
-- embezzling public funds;
-- physical assault;
-- assault leading to death;
-- possessing unlicensed weapons and ammunition;
-- not performing their employment duties, and thus endangering lives and health;
-- forcefully occupying a public building;
-- promoting regime change illegally;