Attacks against Medics, Injured Protesters, and Health Facilities
This report documents serious government abuses, starting in mid-February 2011. These include attacks on health care providers; denial of medical access to protesters injured by security forces; the siege of hospitals and health centers; and the detention, ill-treatment, torture, and prosecution of medics and patients with protest-related injuries.
The government violations were part of the violent response by authorities to largely peaceful pro-democracy and anti-government demonstrations that began in February and continued months after military and security forces began a massive crackdown in mid-March, which led to the armed occupation of Bahrain’s main public hospital, the Salmaniya Medical Complex, on March 16.
- Targets of Retribution
- Map of Bahrain
- I. Background
- II. Restrictions on Provision of Offsite Emergency Care
- III. Siege of Hospitals and Medical Centers
- IV. Targeting of Persons with Protest-Related Injuries
- V. Targeting and Detentions of Doctors and Other MedicalStaff
- VI. Government Allegations Regarding Events at the Salmaniya Medical Complex
- Appendix: Letter from Human Rights Watch to the Government of Bahrain