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Sunday, 2 October 2011

Dr. Fatima Haji .... In solitary confinement.


Dr. Fatima Haji


Dr. Fatima Haji, Rheumatologist. She was arrested from her house after being attacked by police, on April 17th, at 9 PM.

Her only crime was treating the injured as they were brought to hospital during the riots that engulfed the kingdom of Bahrain.

For this offence, Dr Fatima Haji was dragged out of her house at midnight by 30 plain-clothes police officers brandishing guns.

She was then taken blindfolded to a secret interrogation centre, before being tortured and repeatedly sexually assaulted until she signed documents confessing her ‘crimes’

And she was kept in solitary confinement for another 22 days, before being released on bail.

Now the 33-year-old doctor has been sentenced (BY A special military tribunal) to five years in jail.
Though not yet imprisoned, she waits anxiously for government forces to drag her away at any moment.

Mail online: Read more
: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2044179/Dr-Fatima-Haji-facing-jail-treating-Bahrain-riot-victims-tells-terrifying-ordeal.html#ixzz1Ze33WwUJ




 Worried Dr Fatima Haji and her three-year-old son Yusuf

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: Request Clemency for Dr. Fatima Haji & All Detained Medics in Bahrain

Bahraini medical doctor and mother Fatima Haji is being sentenced to jail. Fatima faces years in prison because she treated injured people at the Salmaniya Medical Complex in Bahrain. She was performing her ethical duties as a doctor, healing the sick and wounded, but has been charged with, "incitement to overthrow the regime." Further, she is being sentenced by Bahrain's military court, which does not meet with international prosecution standards, breaching those set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights regularly.

US Secretary of State Clinton, stand with her now, and stand with all detained Bahraini medics who have, like her, only been serving the many needs of humanity. We sincerely request that you exemplify America's belief in standing-up for people like Fatima. Please contact Bahrain's military court on Fatima's behalf and send our collective plea that she, and all medics similarly involved, be granted clemency from these unacceptable jail sentences immediately.



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Further convictions made against medical staff for helping injured protesters.

Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) expresses deep concern at the harsh sentences against to 20 Medical Staff.

Defendants:

1-Dr. Ali Al-Ekri ( 15 Years imprisonment)
2-Dr. Nader Diwani ( 15 Years imprisonment)
3-Dr. Ahmed Abdul Aziz Omran ( 15 Years imprisonment)
4-Dr. Mahmoud Asghar ( 15 Years imprisonment)
5- Rola Al Saffar ( 15 Years imprisonment)
6-Dr. Abdulkhaleq Al-Oraibi ( 15 Years imprisonment)
7-Dr. Ghassan Dhaif ( 15 Years imprisonment)
8-Dr. Bassim Dhaif ( 15 Years imprisonment)
9- Sayed Marhoon Al-Wedaie ( 15 Years imprisonment)
10-Dr. Nada Dhaif ( 15 Years imprisonment)
11-Dr. Fatima Haji ( 5 Years imprisonment)
12- Dheya Ibrahim AbuIdris ( 5 Years imprisonment)
13-Dr. Najah Khalil Al-Haddad ( 5 Years imprisonment)
14-Dr. Saeed Al-Samahiji ( 10 Years imprisonment)
15-Dr. Zahra Al-Sammak ( 5 Years imprisonment)
16-Ali Hassan Alsddi ( 15 Years imprisonment)
17-Ibrahim Abdullah Ibrahimn ( 15 Years imprisonment)
18-Hassan Mohammed Said ( 10 Years imprisonment)
19- Mohammed Faiq Ali ( 5 Years imprisonment)
20-Qassim Mohammed Omran ( 15 Years imprisonment)





Dr. Fatima on news



1 - Irish Times: UN condemns Bahrain verdicts

The United Nations condemned today prison sentences of up to 15 years handed down by a Bahrain military court this week to 20 medics who treated protesters during pro-democracy unrest in the Gulf Arab state.

The doctors and nurses, who had been released in June and September on bail after international pressure over the case, said they were waiting for a police order to head back to jail after they were sentenced yesterday.

Read more: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2011/0930/breaking51.html

2 - BBC broadcast: Victoria spoke to Dr Nada Dhaif who's been sentenced to 15 years and Dr Fatima Haji who's been sentenced to five years….

Ref: http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/victoriad

3 - BBC: Bahraini doctor: "I'm not going to tell my 3 year old son: mama is going to jail"

(BBC): A court in Bahrain has jailed 20 medics who treated protesters to up to 15 years each, after convicting them of incitement to overthrow the regime.

They looked after people who were injured when a protest calling for more rights for the country's Shia majority in the Sunni-ruled kingdom was crushed.

One of the doctors charged, Fatima Haji, has recorded a video message for her son in which she maintained her innocence.


Ref: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArY_9rTAUvc

4 – CNN:  Two doctors jailed in Bahrain after being convicted of trying to overthrow the government tell CNN of their plight.

Ref: http://edition.cnn.com/video/?/video/international/2011/09/30/bahrai-doctors.cnn

5 – Front Line: Update: Bahrain: Medical Care Criminalized in Bahrain

Medical Care Criminalized in Bahrain Front Line Defenders Deplores Prison Sentences Handed Down to Doctors and Nurses in Bahrain
Dublin, Ireland, September 29, 2011 – Front Line Defenders condemns in the strongest terms the sentencing today by the Bahrain National Safety Court of First Instance of 20 medical staff to prison sentences ranging from 5 to 15 years following a deeply flawed and unfair trial. Among those sentenced are Dr. Ali Al Ekri, Dr. Bassim Dhaif, and Dr. Ghassan Dhaif all of whom were trained at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and received 15-year sentences. Among those receiving 5-year prison sentences were Dr. Zahra Al-Sammak, who also trained in Dublin; Dr. Fatima Haji, who was a lecturer at the RCSI campus in Bahrain; and Ms. Rola Al-Saffar, President of the Bahrain Nursing Society.
Professor Damian McCormack, orthopaedic surgeon, who led an Irish fact-finding delegation to Bahrain in July, was outraged by the sentencing: “This is an utterly abhorrent decision by the Bahraini court. It is beyond belief the doctors, nurses and other medical workers could be treated as criminals for providing medical care to the injured. It is time for RCSI to reconsider its relationship with Bahrain, if there is to be no respect for the medical profession.”



 On holiday Dr Fatima Haji and her husband Jalal Marzouk. She has been sentenced to five years in prison for helping people injured in Bahrain protests


The Missing

As of today, September 29, 2011, 20 of the Bahraini health professionals who were previously detained and accused of felony have been sentenced to up to 15 years imprisonment. We do not know at this time when the imprisonment will actually begin.

Sentences

·         Dr. Ali Al-Ekri, pediatric orthopedic surgeon – 15 YEARS

·         Dr. Nader Diwani, pediatrician – 15 YEARS

·         Dr. Ahmed Abdulaziz Omran Hassan- 15 YEARS

·         Dr. Mahmoud Asghar, pediatric surgeon – 15 YEARS

·         Rula Al-Saffar, Head of Nursing, Salmaniya Medical Complex – 15 YEARS

·         Dr. Abdulkhaleq Al-Oraibi, rheumatologist – 15 YEARS

·         Dr. Ghassan Dhaif, maxillofacial surgeon – 15 YEARS

·         Dr. Bassim Dhaif, orthopedic surgeon – 15 YEARS

·         Dr. Nada Dhaif, dentist – 15 YEARS

·         Sayed Marhoon Al-Wedaie, Director of Paramedics and Ambulances – 15 YEARS

·         Dr. Fatima Haji, rheumatologist – 5 YEARS

·         Dr. Najah Khalil, consultant, family physician, Deputy Chief of Medical Services for Primary Health Care – 5 YEARS

·         Dr. Saeed Al-Samahiji, ophthalmologist – 10 YEARS

·         Dr. Zahra Al-Sammak, anesthesia consultant – 5 YEARS

·         Ali Hassan Al-Sadadi – 15 YEARS

·         Ibrahim Abdullah Ibrahim – 15 YEARS

·         Dr. Hassan Mohammed Nasser Al-Toblani, head of ICU – 10 YEARS

·         Deya Ebrahim Jaffer, nurse – 5 YEARS

·         Dr. Qassim Mohammed Omran – 15 YEARS

·         Mohammed Faeq Ali Al-Shehab, lab technician – 5 YEARS

The following remain accused of misdemeanor:

·         Ali Said Abdullah, assistant paramedic RELEASED BUT STILL ON TRIAL

·         Dr. Sadiq Abdulla, transplant surgeon RELEASED BUT STILL ON TRIAL

·         Ameen Jaffer Abdullah Ahmed, paramedic RELEASED BUT STILL ON TRIAL

·         Hamza Hassan Esa Ali, auxiliary RELEASED BUT STILL ON TRIAL

·         Dr. Jalila Al-Aali, endocrinologist RELEASED BUT STILL ON TRIAL

·         Dr. Dunia Al-Hashimi RELEASED BUT STILL ON TRIAL

·         Hassan Ali Al-Saffi, Assistant Paramedic RELEASED BUT STILL ON TRIAL

·         Hani Al-Aswad, ambulance driver, Salmaniya Medical Complex RELEASED BUT STILL ON TRIAL

·         Ibrahim Al-Demistani, nurse RELEASED BUT STILL ON TRIAL

·         Dr. Abdullah Mohammed Hassan Al-Durazi RELEASED BUT STILL ON TRIAL

·         Abdulhussain Ali Ebrahim RELEASED BUT STILL ON TRIAL

·         Dr. Kulood Yaqob Al-Sayyad, senior pediatric resident RELEASED BUT STILL ON TRIAL

·         Dr. Nehad Al-Shirawi, ICU consultant (specialist) RELEASED BUT STILL ON TRIAL

·         Dr. Kulood Al-Durazi, consultant, obstetrician and gynecologist RELEASED BUT STILL ON TRIAL

·         Dr. Abdulshaheed Fadhel, plastic surgeon RELEASED BUT STILL ON TRIAL

·         Mohammed Ali Fateel, Assistant Paramedic RELEASED BUT STILL ON TRIAL

·         Ali Ahmed Esa Ghanim RELEASED BUT STILL ON TRIAL

·         Dr. Nabeel Hameed, neurosurgeon RELEASED BUT STILL ON TRIAL

·         Sayed Adnan Ateya Mohammed, paramedic RELEASED BUT STILL ON TRIAL

·         Abdulkareem Abdullah Saleh Hassan RELEASED BUT STILL ON TRIAL

·         Ebrahim Hassan Ali Hassan RELEASED BUT STILL ON TRIAL

·         Dr. Jaffer Salman Ahmed Hassan RELEASED BUT STILL ON TRIAL

·         Dr. Sadiq Jaffar, pediatric resident, Salmaniya Medical Complex RELEASED BUT STILL ON TRIAL

·         Jameela Abdulhussain Jassim, nurse RELEASED BUT STILL ON TRIAL

·         Dr. Arif Rajab, dental surgeon RELEASED BUT STILL ON TRIAL

·         Addul Ameer Abdullah Salman, assistant paramedic RELEASED BUT STILL ON TRIAL

·         Dr. Nayera Sarhan, consultant, family physician RELEASED BUT STILL ON TRIAL

·         Dr. Nabeel Tammam, ENT surgeon RELEASED BUT STILL ON TRIAL

Other known missing or detained medical professionals in Bahrain

·         Mohammed Abbas, ambulance driver, Salmaniya Medical Complex RELEASED

·         Abeer Abdulaaziz, nurse, Isa City Medical Center RELEASED

·         Samia Abdulkareem, nurse RELEASED

·         Yaser Abdulla, paramedic RELEASED

·         Dheya Abu Idris, nurse RELEASED

·         Dr. Sadiq Al-Aali, Al-A’ali Medical Center RELEASED

·         Maytham Al-Amir, nurse RELEASED

·         Dr. Nabeel Al-Asheeri, pediatrics surgeon RELEASED

·         Dr. Fareeda Al-Dalal, Al-A’ali Medical Center RELEASED

·         Dr. Eman Al-Eraidh, Al-A’ali Medical Center RELEASED

·         Dr. Najah Al-Haddad, Deputy Chair, Bahrain health centers RELEASED

·         Zahra Sayed Al-Hashem, nurse RELEASED

·         Ameen Al-Aswad, paramedic, Salmaniya Medical Complex RELEASED

·         Dr. Khulood Al-Derazi, Chairman, obstetrics & gynecology department RELEASED

·         Dr. Hisham Al-Ekri, pediatrician RELEASED

·         Dr. Radhi Al-Ekri RELEASED after two days of arrest

·         Dr. Zakariya Al-Ekri RELEASED

·         Dr. Laila Ashour, Isa City Medical Center RELEASED

·         Khatoon S. Hashem Al-Ghani, dental assistant RELEASED

·         Dr. Hannan Al-Hawaj, Isa City Medical Center RELEASED

·         Hassan Salman Al-Maatouq, nurse, Salmaniya Medical Complex

·         Dr. Hussain Makki, pediatrician RELEASED

·         Fadil Al-Mosawai, head of nursing, Isa City Medical Center RELEASED

·         Adnan Mohammed Al-Mosawy, ambulance driver RELEASED

·         Nawal Khalil Al-Owainati, Deputy Director of Nursing Services RELEASED

·         Ghadeer Jassim Al-Sammak, employee, Salmaniya Medical Complex RELEASED

·         Dr. Jaafar Al-Touq RELEASED

·         Abdulrasool Ali, nurse, Isa City Medical Center RELEASED

·         Mohsin Ashoor, ambulance driver RELEASED

·         Younis Ashouri, Administrator, Muharraq Maternity Hospital RELEASED

·         Sayed Salih Hashim, administration, Isa City Medical Center RELEASED

·         Ali Hilal, nurse RELEASED

·         Dr. Ahmed Jamal, former head of Bahrain Doctors’ Association RELEASED

·         Dr. Nedhal Kalifa, dermatologist RELEASED

·         Dr. Raja Kadhum RELEASED

·         Batool Khadum, nurse, Isa City Medical Center RELEASED

·         Dr. Majeed Khalaf, Surgical Resident RELEASED

·         Ali Al Magabi, school nurse

·         Dr. Fatima Malalah, Isa City Medical Center RELEASED

·         Dr. Khalil Matar, consultant, family physician RELEASED

·         Mahdi Mullah, nurse RELEASED

·         Dr. Ahmed Omran RELEASED

·         Sayed Hussein Qamar, nurse, Isa City Medical Center RELEASED

·         Asma’a Salman, nurse, Isa City Medical Center RELEASED

·         Jaafar Ahmed Salamn, assistant paramedic RELEASED

·         Yousif Yaqoob Yousif, Salmaniya Medical Complex RELEASED




Other links

1 - Amnesty International

Appeal for action (Date: 26 April 2011)

http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/MDE11/022/2011/en/dc2c8659-89f3-48c3-aa4b-1027b6404fc5/mde110222011en.pdf

2 –
2 – Europen News:

Six Irish-trained medics among 20 jailed in Bahrain

Irish Times 30 September 2011
By RONAN McGREEVY

BAHRAIN JAILED 20 doctors yesterday, including six associated with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), on charges relating to unrest in the Gulf kingdom earlier this year. The doctors were sentenced to between five and 15 years on charges of stealing medicine, stockpiling weapons and occupying a hospital.
The verdict was met with outrage by campaigners for the Irish-trained doctors.
RCSI-trained doctors Dr Ali al- Ekri, Dr Bassam Dhaif, and Dr Ghassan Dhaif received 15-year sentences. Dr Zahra al-Sammak, who also trained in Dublin, Dr Fatima Haji, who was a lecturer at the RCSI campus in Bahrain, and Rola al-Saffar, president of the Bahrain nursing society, received five-year sentences for allegedly being involved in the riots.

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