Dear friends of the Bahraini Australia Youth Movement, I hope this email finds you well. Please find below the details of BAYM’s upcoming speaking tour of Rula al Saffar, President of Bahrain Nursing Society, starting next week! We will be having public meetings in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne to mark two years of violent repression of Bahrain’s forgotten Arab Spring. Please find link to facebook event below and poster attached.
The tour has been widely endorsed by the Australian Council of Trade Unions, the Australian Nursing Federation, Union Aid Abroad APHEDA and Amnesty Australia.
It is very exciting and I would love to see you there!
It would be great if you could spread the word throughout your networks!
RULA AL SAFFAR – PRESIDENT OF BAHRAIN NURSING SOCIETY – TELLS HER STORY TO AUSTRALIA style=”FONT-WEIGHT: normal; LINE-HEIGHT: 16px”>For more details, please find (and print!) poster attached and/or visit the facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/126316567541223/?ref=22
Rula Al’Saffar, President of the Bahrain Nursing Society, was recently named the 11th most influential person in the Middle East.
In 2011, she was incarcerated and tortured by the Bahraini government after treating protestors injured during anti-government uprisings. 95 medics were targeted and the Secretary-General of the Bahrain Nursing Society, Ibrahim Al-Demistani, remains in jail alongside six other medics.
Rula will tell the story of how a campaign for better wages quickly turned into crisis when her hospital was militarized, how nurses self organized by coordinating civilian ambulances and underground health clinics and how she survived being arrested and tortured just for doing her job… (read more below)
Since being acquitted in June 2012, Rula has been travelling the world campaigning for the release of her colleagues and to raise awareness about the ongoing challenges for health professionals in Bahrain.
She is in Australia to mark the second anniversary of the violent crackdown on Bahrain’s Arab Spring and to build solidarity links with Australia’s trade union movement.
Motions condemning the ongoing human rights violations at the hands of the Al Khalifa regime will be presented to Federal Parliament in the first half of February and Rula will announce the outcome to public meetings in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne.
The speaking tour has been endorsed by the Australian Council of Trade Unions, the Australian Nursing Federation, Union Aid Abroad APHEDA and Amnesty Australia.
For more details, please find (and print!) poster attached and/or visit the facebook event page: Olivia Nigro