Twenty-three medics have been convicted in Bahrain for their role in anti-regime protests that kicked off in 2011.
On Wednesday, a court in the Persian Gulf kingdom sentenced the medics to three months in jail for treating Bahraini protesters and taking part in demonstrations.
The medics are among the 95 health workers who were arrested between February and March 2011.
Prosecutor Abdulrahman al-Sayyed said the medics have “committed crimes and violations, breaching the law and norms.”
According to the verdict, the health workers can pay 200 Bahraini dinars each to have their prison terms suspended.
Earlier in the day, Amnesty International released a report about repression in the country, stating that “the authorities in Bahrain do not have the will to take the steps necessary to reform.”
“As the country is engulfed in entrenched unrest and instability looms, the international community, and especially Bahrain’s allies, have a duty to condemn what is happening in the country,” the report added.
A report published by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry in November 2011 found that the Al Khalifa regime had used ‘excessive force’ in the campaign of suppression and accused Manama of torturing political activists, politicians, and protesters.
Bahrain has witnessed regular anti-regime protests following a popular revolution in the island nation in February 2011. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates sent security and military forces to the neighboring country upon a request from Manama to help the Bahraini government quash the peaceful protests.
Dozens of people have been killed in the crackdown, and the security forces have arrested hundreds, including doctors and nurses accused of treating injured revolutionaries.
Despite the Al Khalifa regime’s ban on all demonstrations and public gatherings across the state, Bahraini protesters say they remain resolute to continue demonstrations until their demands for the establishment of a democratically elected government are met.
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