(REUTERS-SEPTEMBER 30)-Yesterday, hundreds of Bahraini women rallied against the detention, and what they see as harsh sentences given to protesters who took part in anti-government protests earlier in the year.
Head of Women’s Affairs for Wefaq Party, the main Shi’ite party in Bahrain, and Ahlam Al-Khezaei, all called for women prisoners to be freed.
This came on the same day as Bahrain jailed 20 doctors, for between five and 15 years on theft and other charges.
The doctors, who denied the charges, were among dozens of medical staff arrested during protests led by the island’s Shi’ite majority, demanding an end to sectarian discrimination and a greater say in government.
The doctors were charged with stealing medicine, stockpiling weapons and occupying a hospital during the unrest, and in addition were jailed for forcibly occupying a hospital, as well as spreading lies and false news.