Thursday, September 29, 2011

Bahrain Sentences Protester to Death and Jails Doctors

The Telegraph
September 29, 2011.

Ali al-Tawil was convicted of killing the policeman and of joining illegal gatherings for "terrorist goals". Another man was handed a life term for his involvement, BNA said.

Bahrain's Sunni Muslim rulers in March quashed protests led by the island's Shi'ite majority demanding an end to sectarian discrimination and a greater say in government.

At Bahrain's request, fellow Sunni neighbours Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates sent troops to help halt the unrest. At least 30 people were killed, hundreds wounded and more than 1,000 detained – mostly Shi'ites – in the crackdown.

In a separate ruling, 20 physicians were jailed for forcefully occupying a hospital, spreading lies and false news, withholding treatment, inciting hatred of Bahrain's rulers and calling for their overthrow.

The doctors have repeatedly denied the charges, which they say were cooked up by the authorities to punish medical staff for treating people who took part in anti-government protests. Ten of them, including senior physician Ali Al-Ekri, were given 15-year terms, two were sentenced to 10 years in prison and the rest to five.

Comment:  Obomber will of course not call for an invasion of Bahrain.  NATO will not see this injustice as a human rights violation that needs urgent bombing toward regime change.

Obviously not all despots are equally evil.  Despots who have friends like the US, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia can pretty much do as they please and not lose too much sleep about being invaded.

I wonder if our president even knows where Bahrain is located.



Erica said...

I see that "good ole boy" mentality is spreading like wild fire.

Ridwan said...

Sure looks like that Erica.