Democracy Now: Bahraini Women Rally Against Jailing of Protesters, Medics

Bahrain continues to sentence prisoners for taking part in the unrest that swept the Gulf nation earlier this year. On Thursday, a prisoner was sentenced to death for the alleged killing of a police officer. Bahrain has also come under international criticism for the harsh sentences of 20 medical workers who treated demonstrators. The group of doctors, nurses and other medics were given sentences ranging from five to 15 years. In a statement, the group Physicians for Human Rights called for the medics to be freed, saying quote: “To imprison them as part of a political struggle is unconscionable.” Also Thursday, hundreds of Bahrain women rallied in the capital Manama to protest the sentences.
Protester: “We ask for all women prisoners to be freed and for all charges against them to be dropped. These cruel sentences of our doctors, nurses and teachers, Rola al-Safar, Jalila al-Salman and Dr. Nadi Thayf, and everyone else.”

~ by wheresthemic on September 30, 2011.

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