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Bahrain Health Workers

  • 29 March 2013: An appeals court in Bahrain has reversed the convictions of 21 nurses, physicians and other hospital workers who were sentenced in November 2012 to three months in prison or a fine for their treatment of injured protesters during the 2011 demonstrations against the government, and for participating in “illegal assemblies”.

  • 11 March 2013: In February 2013,  Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) reported that eight health professionals had had their service to Bahrain’s Department of Health terminated on January 31 for convictions in connection with providing medical care to protesters during the Arab Spring of 2011. Of the seven physicians and nurse dismissed, four are also serving prison sentences, ranging from one-to-five years. The Bahrain Centre for Human Rights reports health services have been militarised and more than 90 medical staff, including nurses, have been targeted, with some being arrested and tortured for treating injured protestors.

  • 28 November 2012: Twenty-three health professionals, including nurses, have been sentenced to three months in prison or a fine by Bahrain’s Lower Criminal Court for illegal gathering during the Arab Spring.
  • 17 October 2012: ICN continues to follow the fate of the health professionals under arrest in Bahrain since 2011. While some have had their sentences overturned, nurse Hassan Maatoq, among others, remains in prison.   Arrested on March 24, 2011, Matooq was sentenced to three years imprisonment for illegal assembly and dissemination of fabricated photos of the wounded who suffered injuries.  In addition, dental nurse Halima Abdulaziz Al-Sabag was arrested on 15 Oct 2012, after attending her trial of appeal against the one year imprisonment sentence she received earlier this year.  ICN reiterates its call to the Kingdom of Bahrain to protect health workers in the exercise of their duty to care for all in peace time or during times of conflict.  It is ICN’s position that nurses have an obligation to safeguard, respect and actively promote people’s health rights at all times and in all places irrespective of their race, colour, creed and political affiliation.

  • ICN calls for sentences of Bahrain health professionals to be overturned: The Bahrain Court of Cassation has rejected appeals by nine nurses and doctors who were arrested in 2011 during anti-government protests. In June this year, nine other health professionals had similar convictions overturned.  ICN is concerned that if jailed, the defendants would be prisoners of conscience imprisoned solely for discharging their duties of care. It is ICN’s position that nurses have an obligation to safeguard, respect and actively promote people’s health rights at all times and in all places irrespective of their race, colour, creed and political affiliation.

  • Nine Bahraini health professionals freed (14 June 2012): ICN is relieved to announce that nine Bahraini health professionals, including Rula al-Saffar, President of the Bahrain Nursing Society, today saw their convictions overturned.  We remain concerned over the future of the nine health professionals who were convicted, but whose sentences were reduced.  Read more

  • Global health leaders urge release of Bahraini health professionals. Read more...

  • The retrial of the 20 medical professionals on allegations of aiding the Bahraini uprising has been adjourned until 14 June 2012, according to defence lawyer, Jalila al-Sayed.

  • Letter from ICN to His Majesty Shaikh Hamad bin ‘Issa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain (14 March 2012). Read more...

  • The appeal hearing of 20 health professionals resumed in Bahrain on 8 March 2012 before the civilian High Criminal Court of Appeal, (16 February 2012) Read more...
  • On the one-year anniversary of the uprising in Bahrain, Ahlul Bayt News Agency has released this report on the health workers who were arrested. Read more...

  • Health professional trial resumes (9 January 2012). Read more...

  • Information from Amnesty International on the Bahrain Health Professionals (8 December 2011). Read more...

  • Fact sheet for Hearing of 23 October 2011 - Kingdom of Bahrain. Read more...

  • Bahraini health professionals sentences overturned. Read more

  • Nursing community puts pressure on Bahrain . An exclusive interview with David Benton, CEO of the International Council of Nurses.

  • ICN urges you to lend your voice to the demand for a reprieve of the unjust and unacceptable prison sentences for Bahraini nurses. Read more...

  • Prison sentences for Bahraini nurses and other health professionals unjust and unacceptable says International Council of Nurses. Read more...

  • Doctors and nurses leaders call on the Bahraini authorities to ensure a fair trial for the 47 doctors and nurses now facing trial in the country, after they treated injured protesters during the recent political unrest. Read more...

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 April 2013 12:51