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Published on Jun 13, 2012
End Persecution of Medical Workers in Bahrain: Dublin Solidarity Demonstration
This is the full speech delivered by medic Dr Nada Dhaif who was tortured in Bahrain.
Witness Bahrain Ireland this Tuesday for a demonstration in support of doctors, nurses, and other medical workers persecuted by the Bahrain regime for doing their jobs. Following pro-democracy protests in February and March of 2011, doctors, nurses and other medical and health care workers in Bahrain, some of them trained in Ireland, were arrested, tortured and sentenced by a military court for treating injured demonstrators. Following the military court verdict, sentencing some of the doctors and nurses to 15 years in prison, the health professionals were retried in 'Special Civilian Courts' for multiple charges against the Regime. They now await their ultimate verdict, which is expected on Thursday 14th June, 2012.
Witness Bahrain held a vigil outside the Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI) at 1pm on Tuesday 12th June to highlight the plight of RCSI's Alumni and Staff, as well as to protest RCSI's silence in the face of this persecution. They proceeded to Dail Eireann to lobby public representatives.