This letter is being sent to King Hamad of Bahrain.

Doctors Against Racism and Anti-Semitism are deeply troubled by reports reaching us on the sentencing of doctors and health workers to long prison terms. Their sworn duty, as with all members of the medical profession world-wide, is to heal the wounded, and alleviate human suffering, without prejudice. Their work at Salmaniya Hospital, in your capital city, Manama cannot, and should not be viewed as partisan or political. Your security forces’ brutal torture killing of laboratory worker Abdulrazal al-Hujiri evokes the strong condemnation of all civilized people.

We request an immediate review of your courts’ work on this issue, with a view to exonerate our colleagues.

If Bahrain wishes to be regarded as a civilized member of the human family, then the voice and practice of reason and compassion must prevail.

Doctors Against Racism and Anti-Semitism

Toronto, Canada