Tuesday, August 23, 2011
With Saeed Shahabi of the Bahrain Freedom Movement and Mohammed Matar of the Wa'ad Society, who spoke about the legacy of British rule in Bahrain, and its effects on post-independence developments after 1871.
Sandrine Tiller of Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), which was doing medical humanitarian work in Bahrain, described the way the MSF clinic was raided, medical equipment stolen, and an employee was roughed up and arrested, after they sent a casualty to the hospital, and security forces there were infuriated by their emergency treatment of a demonstrator's wounds. MSF are now withdrawing from Bahrain.
John William also spoke about the work of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (for whom he is working), and their plans for the forthcoming session of the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva