Bahraini medics jailed despite international condemnation

The article states the 23 people sentenced on 23 November included 12 physicians, nurses and other health professionals and all are expected to appeal against their convictions. Four other health professionals whose appeals were denied last month are in prison serving sentences from one to five years.

Physicians for Human Rights deputy director Richard Sollom said in the article “none of these health professionals belongs in prison".

"How long must it take for the government of Bahrain to reform its security and judicial systems?” he told The Lancet.

Last month, Bahrain’s highest court upheld prison sentences for nine doctors jailed over treating protesters in the so-called Arab Spring uprisings.

World Medical Association council chair (WMA) Dr Mukesh Haikerwal said he was disappointed a formal request made in October this year by the association for Bahrain to release and clear the records of 23 medics

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