Bahrain: Doctors Without Borders released a report today alleging that Bahraini government forces have tortured injured demonstrators in hospitals around the country. The report focused on Manama’s Sulaimaniya hospital, where Doctors Without Borders volunteers documented several methods of torture used against patients. The head of the organization’s mission in Bahrain, Jonathan Whittall, said that all patients suspected of participating in peaceful protests were taken to the hospital's sixth floor, where they were severely beaten on a daily basis. Twenty Bahraini doctors are being prosecuted for “disrupting public order” for treating injured demonstrators.
Libya: The humanitarian situation in Libya is deteriorating as clashes continue between the revolutionaries and Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's loyalists. Thousands of people have been killed or injured, and hundreds of thousands have been displaced, since fighting began five months ago. Sources say fierce battles against Gaddafi’s forces continue, especially in western Libya, as the revolutionaries make their way to Gaddafi-controlled Tripoli. The International Committee of the Red Cross expects 850,000 people to be affected by the war by the end of the year.
Syria: In his third speech since unrest broke out three months ago, President Bashar al-Assad said his country is the victim of a conspiracy and that anti-regime protestors are working for a foreign agenda. He added that the people’s demands for reform are legitimate but that they must be differentiated from the demands of the “vandals.” Assad called for a comprehensive national dialogue to end the current crisis. Protestors and activists were quick to reject the president’s statements and immediately took to the streets vowing that the revolution would continue.