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Bahrain: MSF staff member remains detained

Update: An MSF staff member detained  for weeks in Bahrain was released uncharged on the 11th of June 2011. 

Saeed Mahdi was arrested in Bahrain on the 6th May 2011, neither his lawyer nor family were granted access to him throughout his detention period.

MSF welcomes the  release of its  employee, and asserts that it is engaged in purely humanitarian medical activities in Bahrain, where its team has been on the ground since March 2011.


An employee of the international medical organization Médecins Sans Frontières /Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has been detained for weeks in Bahrain after being severely beaten upon arrest by authorities, with no information provided about his condition and whereabouts, including to his family and lawyer.  

Saeed Mahdi was arrested in Bahrain on the 6th May 2011, two days after his house was burned down by security personnel.

“Since Saeed Mahdi’s arrest, we don’t have any information about where he is being detained, why he was arrested, or what charges are pending” said Jerome Oberreit, MSF director of operations in Brussels.  Despite assurances  by the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Social Development that he could be visited, neither his family nor his lawyer has yet been granted access to him.

“Considering the types of injuries people have sustained due to mistreatment in detention, as witnessed by MSF medical personnel, we are extremely concerned about the safety of  Saeed Mahdi,” continued Oberreit.

MSF is calling on the authorities to allow his family and lawyer immediate access to him.