While western media run a relentless propaganda campaign against Bashar al Assad and Muammar Ghadafi, the hunger strike of jailed, protesting Bahraini Medical Doctors remains largely uncovered. by Dr. Christof Lehmann
A group of Medical Doctors from Bahrain who were imprisoned earlyer this year, during a crackdown on protesters, where a large number of civilians was killed, protest against their continued detention. The protests were mainly lead by a Shiite majority that demanded greater influence on the governmental processes and rights inside the Saudi backed state.
The Medical Doctors began protesting when being confronted with the many casualties of the governments crackdown. Many people died due to lethally poisonous teargas granades, imported from the USA. While some Doctors have been released, 14 remain in custody.
Bahraini human rights groups inform, that the health of some of the detained Doctors has become critical. According to Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), The hunger strike was initiated in response to the continued incarceration, as well as ill treatment and torture against the Doctors as well as other detainees, not having access to legal counsel, and what the Doctors describe as rediculous charges against them. The charges against the Doctors range from stealing medicine and stockpiling weapons, to seizing control of the Bahrain`s main public hospital. These accusations are denied by the incarcerated Doctors.
The hungerstrike is now joined by prominent human rights activists, other inmates, as well as some of the Doctors families, including children who are fasting at home. After international, public pressure, the Bahraini government has responded by inviting a government funded team of international lawyers to investigate the charges and legal position of the accused. Critiques claim, that the government funded commission can not provide an accurate account of the events based on it´s depency on the Bahraini government, as well out of fear for reprisals, should they give testimony that implicates security forces. Is the free western press to busy with Libya and Syria? Or is democracy nothing but a diplomatic weapon, not to be used against ones most solid allies. Regardless how oppressive their regime.
Dr. Christof Lehmann