Congress Members Call for Pardoning of Bahrain Medics
A group of two Senators and 22 Representatives have issued a letter calling for King Hamad of Bahrain to pardon eight medics currently in custody in order “to adhere to international norms of medical neutrality.” The group suggests that the medical professionals were targeted due to the fact that they witnessed the brutality leveled against citizens of Bahrain, and it reiterated calls for the government to “adhere to its promises to implement recommendations from the [BICI report and UN Universal Periodic Review]. The signees include Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA), Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), Rep. James McGovern (D-MA), Jim Moran (D-VA), and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), among others.
The letter adds, “Pardoning the eight medics currently serving sentences for treating protesters would be a key step in moving Bahrain’s practice in line with its international obligations.” The appeal is being made on behalf of Dr. Ali Ekri, Dr. Ghassan Dhaif, Dr. Mahmood Asghar, Dr. Saeed Al Samahiji, Dheya Ibrahim, Ibrahim Al Demistsani, Ahmed Almushatat, and Hassan Matooq. For full text of the letter click here.
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