Raising awareness of human rights violations in Bahrain

Thursday 20th June, 2013

Australia’s largest health union, the Australian Nursing Federation (ANF), has commended MPs and Senators after the passing of Motions which condemn ongoing human rights violations in Bahrain.

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.

The Motions were passed by the Lower House of Federal Parliament on June 3 and by the Senate today.

Acting Federal Secretary, Yvonne Chaperon, said today: “The ANF commends MPs and Senators for supporting these Motions.

“The ANF finds it unacceptable that nursing professionals and other health workers have been detained by the authorities for treating the victims of the anti-Government uprisings.

“We have been told there are still seven medics who are being held Bahraini prisons, including Ibrahim al Demistani, General Secretary of the Bahrain Nursing Society.

“As Australia’s largest health union, we now hope that these Motions will raise the awareness of human rights violations in Bahrain and the need for action.”