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Doctors as victims

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We intervene where doctors themselves have become victims of human rights violations.

  • Egypt

    Canadian doctor begins hunger strike in Egyptian custody

    The BMA has written to Egypt's interim president, minister of defence and public prosecutor, expressing concern at the treatment of Canadian nationals Dr Tarek Loubani and Professor John Greyson, who began a hunger strike in Egyptian custody on 16 September 2013, having been detained by security forces since 16 August.

    Dr Loubani was on his way to the university hospital in Gaza, accompanied by filmmaker Professor Greyson, when they were caught up in clashes in Ramsis Square, Cairo, between supporters of Egypt’s deposed president, Mohamed Morsi, the security forces and local residents.

    They were arrested at 10pm that evening when they approached the security forces to ask for directions to their hotel. The men are currently detained in Tora Prison, south of Cairo, where they have access to their lawyers and consular representatives.

    Dr Loubani and Professor Greyson are being detained while security forces investigate charges that they were involved in “destroying public property”, “violence”, “carrying weapons” and “inciting violence”. The pair are being held with hundreds of Egyptians who were arrested during the clashes on 16 August, as well as other foreign nationals caught up in the violence.

    Amnesty International has raised concerns that, as with the hundreds of others arrested that day, Dr Loubani and Professor Greyson have been accused of a broad array of offences without apparent consideration of their individual criminal responsibility.

    Send an appeal to Egyptian officials via Amnesty International


    Further reading

    Read our letter to Egypt's interim president Adly Mahmoud Mansour (PDF)

    Read our letter to Egypt's minister of defence General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (PDF)

    Read our letter to Egypt's public prosecutor Hesham Mohamed Zaki Barakat (PDF)

  • Sudan

    Death penalty for pregnant doctor in Sudan

    The BMA wrote to the Sudanese president expressing its 'profound abhorrence' at the death sentence passed on Dr Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, and called for her immediate and unconditional release.

    Dr Ibrahim, who was eight months pregnant at the time of sentencing, was handed the death penalty for the sole reason that she converted to Christianity and refused to make a public recantation of her faith. The BMA understands that she is also to be flogged because she is married to a Christian.

    In her letter to President Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir, BMA senior director Professor Vivienne Nathanson branded such sentences as 'fundamental violations of international human rights'.

    BMA chair Dr Mark Porter has written to David Cameron asking him to "use all avenues at [his] disposal to put pressure on the Sudanese authorities to overturn this grotesque sentence".


    Further reading

    Read BMA senior director Vivienne Nathanson's letter to the Sudanese president

    Read BMA chair Mark Porter's letter to David Cameron

    Find out more and email the Sudanese government on the Amnesty UK website