US Rights Activist Denied Entry Into Bahrain

Published January 8, 2012 7:45PM (EST)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An American human rights activist says he has been denied entry into Bahrain.

Richard Sollom, deputy president of the U.S.-based Physicians for Human Rights organization, charges that Bahrain authorities do not want international observers at a trial of doctors and nurses who treated injured protesters during months of protests and crackdowns in the Gulf kingdom.

Sollom says Bahraini airport authorities gave no reason Sunday why he was not allowed into the Gulf country, which was hit by political unrest during last year's Arab Spring.

Sollom holds a U.S. passport. He arrived to Bahrain Sunday morning with a five-year, multiple entry visa. He says he wanted to observe Monday's retrial of medics convicted of anti-state crimes last year.

By Salon Staff

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