Cambridge, Mass. – PHR today announced that several prominent medical associations and health professionals, including the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians, have joined together to call for Bahrain to cease all attacks on hospitals, patients, and medical professionals. In a joint letter sent today to Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Deputy Supreme Commander of the Bahrain Defence Force, the groups urge Bahrain to respect its international legal obligations and bring an end to all other violations of medical neutrality.
“We are pleased to be joined by so many prestigious medical associations and health professionals as we call for the Crown Prince of Bahrain to end the government’s ongoing violations of medical neutrality,” said Frank Davidoff, MD, MACP, Interim Chief Executive Officer of PHR. “The reports of the arrests and disappearances of medical professionals are particularly disturbing and are cause for an immediate international investigation.”
The letter will be hand-delivered today to the Bahrain Ambassador to the United States. Additional copies will be sent to Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State; Navanethem Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Amr Moussa, Secretary General, Arab League; Yves Daccord, Director-General, International Committee of the Red Cross; and Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization.
The distinguished associations included in this appeal represent tens of thousands of health professionals in the US and internationally. They join the many who have already spoken out via PHR’s campaign, Bahrain Free the Docs.