Friday, April 22, 2011

'Bahraini forces torture patients'

Injured Bahraini demonstrators are seen at a hospital in Manama after being assaulted by riot police

Source: Press TV

Saudi-backed Bahraini forces have tortured anti-government protesters in hospitals, indicates an investigation by the Physicians for Human Rights (PHR).

The group said in a Friday report that Bahrain's security forces stole ambulances and posed as medics to round up injured protesters during a crackdown on the unarmed protesters.

The group alleged "systematic and targeted attacks against medical personnel, as a result of their efforts to provide unbiased care for wounded protesters." The organization has documented 32 medical professionals under arrest.

The PHR also noted that torture, beating, verbal abuse, humiliation, and threats of rape and killing were among techniques used against the injured protesters.

Military checkpoints and soldiers at the country’s main hospital have terrified staff and patients, some of whom have been tortured, according to Richard Sollom, author of the PHR report.

Earlier on Thursday, another report revealed that Manama has arrested dozens of Bahraini doctors.

The regime has intensified an intimidation campaign against medical staff over treating the victims of the deadly Saudi-led crackdown on protesters.

In March, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait deployed their troops in Bahrain to reinforce the brutal armed clampdown against mass protests.

Scores of protesters have been killed and many others gone missing during the harsh crackdown in Bahrain.

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