Australia’s largest health union, the Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) has welcomed the passage of Motions condemning ongoing human rights violations against health care professionals in Bahrain.
The Motions were passed by the Lower House of Federal Parliament yesterday.
Health workers arrested tortured
Since February 2011, mass pro-democracy protests in Bahrain have been met with fierce military repression and according to the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, there have been at least 87 deaths and more than 1,800 arrests of pro- democracy protestors.
It says health services have been militarized and more than 90 medical staff, including nurses, have been targeted, in some cases arrested and tortured, for treating injured protesters.
Nurse union leader imprisoned
“Nurses and other healthcare workers have been detained for simply doing their job, caring for the sick and injured,” ANF Federal Secretary, Lee Thomas, said today.
“We have been told there are currently seven medics who continue to be held in Bahraini prisons, including Ibrahim al Demistani, General Secretary of the Bahrain Nursing Society.
Condemn on-going human rights violations
“The ANF, along with the ACTU, is now urging the members of the Australian Senate to pass the Motions when they are tabled later this month.
“We all must condemn these ongoing human rights violations in Bahrain.”