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Bahrain - Theme: Human and Trade Union Rights
Bahrain: Teacher leaders under threat of torture (25 October 2011)
EI has relaunched its Urgent Action Appeal on Bahrain. bahraini teachers fear for the safety of their leaders, after the heavy-handed arrest of their vice president Jalila al-Salman.
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Jalila al-Salman was taken from her home on 19 October by a force of more than 30 security officials, including riot police, who arrived in seven vehicles. The officials reportedly stated that they were enforcing a court order for her arrest though they refused to produce the formal arrest warrant.
On 25 September, Jalila al-Salman and Mahdi 'Issa Mahdi Abu Dheeb, the president of BTA, were sentenced to three and ten years of imprisonment by a military court, despite their civilian status. Their appeal is due to be heard in a civilian court on 1 December. EI questions why Jalila al-Salman has been arrested while other defendants, also waiting for their civilian court appeals, have been released on bail.
EI believes that the union leaders have been imprisoned solely on account of the legitimate exercise of their rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly. They should be released immediately and unconditionally and their convictions nullified.