Bahraini teachers still persecuted

This video says about itself:

Jalila Al-Salman talks about the plight of teachers in Bahrain

10 apr 2013

Jalila, jailed in Bahrain until recently, won the NASUWT International Solidarity Award in 2013.

From Human Rights First in the USA:

United States Should Speak Out on Appeal Case for Bahrain Teachers

For Immediate Release: November 22, 2013

Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today urges the United States to publicly condemn the unfair trials of Bahrain Human Rights Defenders Mahdi Abu Deeb and Jalila al Salman in advance of their final appeal at the Court of Cassation scheduled for Monday. Abu Deeb, President of the Bahrain Teachers’ Association (BTA), and al Salman, Vice President of the Bahrain Teachers’ Association, were tortured into making false confessions and jailed in 2011 following their participation in peaceful protests.

“The United States sent observers to the trial of Abu Deeb and al Salman, but failed to publicly criticize the unfair process,” said Brian Dooley of Human Rights First. “The appeal on Monday should never have been necessary, as the two human rights defenders should not have been jailed to begin with. It is the responsibility of the United States to support justice and the rule of law in Bahrain by speaking out.”

Abu Deeb, one of Bahrain’s most prominent human rights defenders, was targeted by the Bahraini government’s violent crackdown on dissent following his speaking at political meetings during the February and March 2011 protests for democratic reform. After seven failed attempts to find and arrest him, Abu Deeb was finally taken into custody on 6 April 2011. Following his arrest he spent 64 days in solitary confinement, was beaten, and electrocuted. He was forced to sign false confessions and tried in a military and then civilian court with the Vice President of the BTA Jalila al Salman, who had also been tortured in custody. Al Salman has served her prison sentence, while Abu Deeb is currently half way through a five-year term.

“Abu Deeb remains one of Bahrain’s most prominent dissidents, whose case has been raised by the European Parliament and the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights,” noted Dooley, “The U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez, included Abu Deeb’s case in his February 2012 report, noting that in his case the Bahrain government “did not address the allegation of torture or ill-treatment at all”.

Human Rights First calls for the immediate release of the peaceful opposition figures and other political prisoners who have been wrongfully jailed in Bahrain. A new report from Human Rights First titled, “Plan B for Bahrain, What the United States Government Should Do Next,” details the steps the United States should take to support Bahrain’s transition to democracy and the rule of law.

For more information or to speak with Dooley, please contact Mary Elizabeth Margolis at of 212-845-5269.

Schools in Bahrain have been asked to submit any news they want to publish in the local press, or distribute via social media, to the education ministry for approval, it’s reported: here.

Thousands take to the streets south of Manama to protest against what they say is a crackdown on the opposition: here.

Thousands protest in Bahrain capital, demand ‘torturers be brought to justice’: here.

The following is an IFEX appeal to the King of Bahrain and other authorities to free Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, an IFEX member: here.

UK mulls adding Bahrain to human rights blacklist: here.

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    3:53 AM Tuesday Nov 26, 2013

    CAIRO (AP) A Cairo airport official says a prominent Bahraini activist was barred from entering Egypt, but denies opposition claims that he was mistreated.

    A statement issued on Monday by the Waad political society in Manama said its deputy head Abdulla Janahi was interrogated for hours.

    The official said Janahi was barred from entry on Saturday upon the request of a security agency, but said he was allowed to move freely inside the transit hall until his departure. The official spoke anonymously as he is not authorized to brief the media.

    Last year, another prominent Bahraini activist was barred from Egypt.

    Bahrain has seen nearly three years of unrest, pitting mostly Shiite protesters against its Sunni rulers.


    Associated Press writer Reem Khalifa in Manama contributed to this report.


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