Detained MSF staff released in Bahrain

BRUSSELS — An MSF staff member detained  for weeks in Bahrain was released uncharged on June 11, 2011.  

Saeed Mahdi was arrested in Bahrain on May 6. 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.

Since March 2011, MSF has seen close to 100 people too afraid to leave their homes to seek care in health facilities. MSF raised concerns about the loss of neutrality of Bahrains medical facilities, and the related deprivation of care to numerous sick and wounded people in a report issued in April 2011.

In Bahrain, MSF uses only private donations and no government funding.