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December 2018

Bahrain: Continued Lack of Medical Care Puts Political Prisoners’ Lives at Risk

December 13th, 2018|Categories: papers, Reports|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The widespread and systematic use of medical negligence as an instrument of punishment is an ongoing trend in Bahrain. The government’s crackdown on Bahraini political prisoners first became apparent during Bahrain’s mass pro-democracy protests in 2011. Indeed, as of 22 November 2011, the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights reported that, 500 prisoners of conscience were

November 2018

Fawziya Mashallah Haji: Bahrain’s Oldest Female Political Prisoner Denied Medical Care

November 8th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

At the age of 56, Fawziya Mashallah Haji is currently being detained in Bahrain’s main women’s prison in Isa Town, making her the oldest female political prisoner in Bahrain. She has and continues to suffer from ill treatment in prison, including the denial of medical care by Bahraini prison authorities. On 15 December 2017, a

March 2018

Detained journalists in Egypt denied access to health care

March 22nd, 2018|Categories: papers, Reports|Tags: , , , , |

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, more than half of the 20 detained journalists in Egypt are in poor health. Multiple reports document the systematic interference with access to health care inside Egyptian detention facilities. In June 2014, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights published a report  titled “Health in Egyptian Prisons: a field

February 2018

Turkish government cracks down on medical association

February 26th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , |

On 30 January 2018, Turkish police detained eleven leading members of the Turkish Medical Association (TMA), including the union’s chairman, Rasit Tukel, following a statement on 24 January denouncing the country’s military operation in northern Syria. Police reportedly seized computers and documents belonging to the union. The union faced criticism and threats of physical violence

January 2018

Nabeel Rajab’s Health Worsens in Detention

January 26th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , |

On 15 January 2018, Bahrain’s highest court upheld a two-year prison sentence against human rights defender Nabeel Rajab for comments he made in media interviews. His health has steadily worsened since his detention began in June 2016. After undergoing surgery for bleeding ulcers on 5 April 2017, Nabeel was returned to Jau Prison where he developed a

December 2017

One year later, Egypt continues to deny medical treatment to detained journalist

December 22nd, 2017|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , |

20 December 2017 marks the one-year anniversary of Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein’s detention in Egypt. Hussein, 51 years old, is in need of urgent surgical intervention for a double fracture in his left elbow. Hussein injured his arm while being held at Tora Prison. According to his family, the prison administration denied Hussein his

October 2017

Libya’s Government Must Find Alternatives to Migrant Detention

October 23rd, 2017|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , |

The conditions of migrant detention in Libya have gradually worsened over the past year. In April 2018, UNHCR reported that it could only visit 19 out of the 33 Libyan migrant detention centers regularly. All four facilities located on the southern side of the country were inaccessible due to security reasons after violent conflict broke

May 2017

Iraq: prisoners denied access to vital medical assistance

May 16th, 2017|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , |

Inside Baghdad’s al-Taji jail and al-Nasseriya jail in the southern Dhi Qar province in Iraq, prisoners accused of terrorism infractions have been detained without trial since 2005. For almost 12 years, the authorities have violated these detainees’ rights to a speedy and fair trial. Inmates in these two prisons are regularly denied  access to medicine

September 2016

Medical Negligence inside Israeli Prisons

September 21st, 2016|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , , |

In more than 20 Israeli prisons and detention facilities, access to medical care has reached its lowest recorded point since 2014, following newly adopted punitive measures that have left thousands of Palestinian detainees dead or seriously ill. Israeli prison authorities continue to practice a policy of medical negligence against more than 7,000 Palestinian detainees, offering

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