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RSCI must condemn sectarian Bahraini regime - Senator Paul Gavan

7 February, 2019 - by Paul Gavan

Sinn Féin Senator Paul Gavan has called on The Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI) to make a public statement condemning the sectarian and inhumane record of the Bahraini authorities who have viciously attacked pro-democracy protestors and imprisoned RCSI staff and students in Bahrain.

The demand from Senator Gavan came this afternoon subsequent to a proposed amendment from Labour and Fine Gael to recognise RCSI as a university.

Speaking in the Seanad this afternoon, Senator Gavan said:

“Sinn Féin will not support an amendment to recognise RCSI as a university until RCSI condemns the sectarian autocratic actions of the Bahraini government.

“We must remember that RCSI has a campus in Bahrain, where widespread human rights abused have taken places in hospitals in which RCSI students receive training.

"Ceartas, Irish Lawyers for Human Rights, have called on the Irish Medical Council to not approve RCSI’s Bahrain campus for accreditation because of the abuses carried out by the Bahraini regime which rules with an iron fist.

"Many former students of RSCI Bahrain have been arrested, tortured and imprisoned because they treated victims of the regimes security forces.

"Most relevant to today, RCSI have refused to condemn the regime for this sectarian behaviour.

"Ceartas have plainly states that RCSI-Bahrain has “an education programme integrated with health systems connected to torture, discriminatory conduct in the provision of healthcare and employment of medical staff.

"The amendment proposed by Labour and Fine Gael would grant the RSCI-Bahrain campus further legitimacy – for the reason outlines above, Sinn Féin cannot support this.

"We are calling on RSCI to make a public statement to distance itself from the Bahraini regime and to condemn the actions of the Bahraini state.”

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