UN alarmed by military takeover of hospitals in Bahrain

Security forces in Bahrain have forcibly taken over several hospitals and medical centers, according to the UN office for Human Rights.

Protesters in Bahrain

Protesters in Bahrain

In the capital Manama, security forces are reported to have physically assaulted medical workers and prevented staff and patients from entering or leaving the city’s main hospital.

Power supply to the hospital is also reported to have been cut off.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says the take over was a blatant violation of international law and reminded the authorities in Bahrain of their obligation to protect the right to life and health of its citizens.

Ravina Shamdasani is from the UN office for Human Rights.

“We have been receiving dozens of calls and emails since yesterday from desperate individuals from the ground in Bahrain informing us about arbitrary arrests, about beating of protesters and most worrying is about the take over of the main Hospital in Manama as well as other medical centres by security forces. What we have heard is that they have taken over the bottom floors of the hospital and the patients and medical personnel staff are having to hurdle in the top floor and these are armed men, so the medical staff are worried what their intentions are. What is happening now is that injured protesters are being treated in mosques and in private homes.”

The High Commissioner says the escalating violence in Bahrain was unacceptable and called for dialogue between the government and opposition groups in order to end the violence and facilitate reforms.

She says the recently declared state of emergency should not be used as an excuse to deny the citizens of Bahrain their basic freedoms.

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