Uaa - Country: Bahrain

Bahrain: End the violations against teachers, unionists and students (24 October 2011)

The Bahraini authorities continue their punitive and vindictive campaign of repression against the pro-democracy movement. The Ministry of Education has further carried out an attack on the Bahrain Teachers Association (BTA) with the condemnation of the President of the teachers union, Mahdi Abu Dheeb, and Vice-President, Jalila Al-Salman. EI believes that they are prisoners of conscience condemned solely for exercising their legitimate rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly as leaders of the BTA.



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Bahrain: Teacher leader freed after five years in prison

Earlier today, Mahdi Abu Dheeb, leader of the Bahrain Teachers Association, an EI affiliate in the country, was released from prison. He had been held in detention since 2011, when he was sentenced to a prison sentence for the simple fact of calling for a teachers’ strike in support of democratic reforms.

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