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Surgeon College link to Bahrain sectarian state a disgrace - Crowe

17 November, 2012 - by Seán Crowe TD


Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Trade and Diaspora, Seán Crowe TD, has called on the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland to end its links with the sectarian Bahraini State  saying it was a disgrace that continue to maintain ties with a state that systematically discrimates against the Shia population.

Crowe raised the Bahrain  issue while questioning the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamonn  Gilmore, in the Dáil this week.

Deputy Seán Crowe said:

“The situation in Bahrain is getting worse every day. Last week the Bahrain authorities decided to revoke the nationality of 31 dissidents, who are mainly Shia clerics, former Shia MPs  and prominent activists. This is a hostile act and leaves these citizens literally stateless.

“These latest actions leave me in no doubt of the sectarian nature of the Bahraini state and are a further example of the abuses pro-democracy protesters, from all sections of society, are faced on a daily basis.

The Bahrain authorities systematically discrimate against the Shia population denying them access to jobs and brutally suppress peaceful protests.

“It is a disgrace that RCSI continues to work so closely with the Bahraini Government and is failing to protect its own students from daily security crackdown by this authoritarian regime.

“Doctors who have treated  wounded protesters have been arrested and jailed. The infringement of medical neutrality is a major human rights violation and these doctors should be allowed medical treat any person, as stated in their Hippocratic Oath.

“One of the medics arrested, Doctor Ali Al Ekri, who trained at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (RCSI), is facing over four years in prison and according to reports from Bahrain human rights groups is being tortured and abused almost daily.

“I am calling on RCSI to end its relationship with the Bahraini authorities while they viscously attack pro-democracy protesters and imprison staff and students from the RCSI campus in Bahrain. It is disgraceful that RCSI is not doing all it can to ensure the safety of its staff and former Fellows and should end all links this sectarian state."

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