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Amnesty Calls for Release of Bahraini Activist Doctor.

TEHRAN (FNA)- Amnesty International urged Bahrain to release activist doctor who is currently serving a five-year sentence under inhumane circumstances for peacefully exercising his rights to "freedom of expression and assembly".

The rights group launched a petition, urging the immediate and unconditional release of the consultant surgeon, Ali al-Ekri, currently in prison for criticizing Bahrain's response to 2011 anti-government protests.

Amnesty says Ekri is a prisoner of conscience as he was arrested for his "vocal denunciation of the excessive force used by the armed forces against peaceful protesters during February-March 2011 protests to the international media".

He was arrested while working in an operation room at the Salmaniya Medical Complex in the Bahraini capital, Manama, on March 17, 2011.

According to a testimony released in October 2011, the Bahraini surgeon said that he had been subjected to physical torture, including beating, kicking, sleep deprivation and sexual abuse.

"I was threatened with police dogs being brought to my cell and they made me imitate the barking of dogs, they made me lick the floor, the soles of their boots," Ekri had said.

Ekri also said he had been forced to "confess to possession of weapons, heading a militia, and occupying the hospital".

The rights group further called on Bahraini authorities to investigate Ekri's claims of torture and ill treatment while in detention and to bring those responsible to justice.

Ekri is among the 48 paramedics, nurses, and doctors detained by armed forces during the uprising for alleged involvement in protests.

This comes as Bahraini activists slammed Manama's eight-year delay in the release of a report on the Al Khalifa regime's fight against human rights violations and torture, as unacceptable.

Activists say Bahrain's report on torture and human rights violation, which was handed over to the United Nations Committee Against Torture last month, lacks credibility.

Anti-government protesters have been holding peaceful demonstrations across Bahrain since mid-February 2011, calling for an end to the al-Khalifa dynasty.

Violence against the defenseless people escalated after a Saudi-led conglomerate of police, security and military forces from the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) member states - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar - were dispatched to the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom on March 2011, to help Manama crack down on peaceful protestors.

So far, hundreds of protesters have been killed, hundreds have gone missing or been arrested and thousands of others have been injured.

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