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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

Confined and Contaminated: the Gaza Strip’s Longstanding Water Crisis

November 1st, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In July 2017, five-year-old Mohammad al-Sayis died in the Gaza Strip after ingesting contaminated water while swimming in seawater polluted with sewage. Dozens of others had reportedly been hospitalized after swimming in Gaza’s seawater during the months of July and August 2018, including Mohammad’s brothers. This incident shed light on the severe health risks associated

October 2018

The devastating humanitarian impact of Tripoli’s escalating violence

October 4th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

After more than a week of violent confrontations, a ceasefire brokered by the United Nations (UN) was agreed upon between all armed groups in Libya’s capital, Tripoli, on 4 September 2018. The country has been in turmoil since the start of the civil war in 2011, and the violence has directly impacted the healthcare system,

September 2018

Fighting Cancer under Blockade: Gazan patients restricted from accessing needed treatment

September 13th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Eleven years into the siege, the Israeli-led blockade has detrimentally crippled the healthcare system inside Gaza and impacted the lives of over 8,000 cancer patients seeking treatment, who describe themselves as “patients awaiting their death”. On 11 August 2018, the Gaza Ministry of Health declared the halting of all chemotherapy treatments, putting 8,260 cancer patients,

August 2018

Bahraini Political Prisoner Hassan Mushaima Denied Access to Healthcare

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

Hassan Mushaima – a leading Bahraini opposition figure, secretary-general of the Haq Movement, and co-founder of the Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society – is being prevented from accessing healthcare in line with international law by Bahraini authorities. Mushaima, 70 years old, was sentenced to life in prison for his pro-democracy activism in 2011. The opposition leader’s

January 2018

Raiding health facilities is never justified

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

Between July and October 2017, Israeli forces have reportedly carried out at least four raids on hospitals in the occupied West Bank. On 17 July, around 30 Israeli soldiers raided Al Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem, searching for a 19-year-old injured Palestinian. On 21 July, Israeli soldiers stormed the same hospital in the pursuit of

Sheikh Isa Qassim: Cleric Denied Healthcare in Bahrain

January 10th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , |

On 9 July 2018, Bahrain’s most prominent Shia Muslim religious cleric and spiritual leader of the biggest opposition society, Al-Wefaq, Sheikh Isa Qassim, left Bahrain for the United Kingdom to receive specialized medical treatment based on doctors’ advice. Due to his denaturalization, the Sheikh had to travel using a temporary passport valid for one year

July 2017

Saudi Arabia: Political prisoners have no access to medical care

July 21st, 2017|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , |

The Saudi authorities continue to target activists and human rights defenders through various possible ways, like silencing, arresting and imprisoning them with people convicted of criminal charges, and subjecting them to unfair trial. Adding to that their deprivation of the most basic right that a prisoner can have behind bars – that is the right

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