WMA moves against persecution of doctors

Association chair and former AMA president Dr Mukesh Haikerwal said government persecution in countries like Bahrain and Syria of doctors who were attempting to uphold their ethical duty to patients in regions affected by violent conflict was “unconscionable” and needed to be eradicated.

The dire situation facing many doctors was recently highlighted by Bahraini doctor Fatima Haji, who told MO of her harrowing experiences after being arrested by authorities before being beaten and tortured into signing documents stating that she had aided enemies of the state.

Dr Haji told MO she had committed no crime and had only sought to treat injured civilians brought to the hospital at which she worked following the escalation of a bloody government crackdown on public pro-democracy protests. At the time of print, Dr Haji was waiting to hear whether she would be handed a five-year prison sentence.

Dr Haikerwal told MO the WMA had written to the King

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