College apologises to Bahraini medical students made to sign loyalty declaration
Concerns remain for their clinical tutors facing jail
Three medical students at the Medical University of Bahrain, run by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), received apologies after it was shown that college staff made them sign a document declaring their loyalty to the current regime, after they participated in pro-democracy protests in February. The protests called for greater freedoms for the majority Shiite population in a country that is currently governed by a Sunni regime. A national state of emergency was declared on 15 March when troops were brought in to quell the violent protests.
Photographs showing the students participating in the protest were passed onto the college from the Bahraini Ministry of Education. After questioning by staff, the students were made to sign a declaration of loyalty to the Bahraini royal family, and agree to refrain from further protests. Two of the three students agreed to sign.
Seven months after the incident, Tom Collins,