University and Colleges Union
London Retired Members' Branch
Free Teachers' Leaders in Bahrain
- On October 21, an appeal court upheld a guilty verdict against Mahdi Abu Dheeb and Jalila al-Salman, President and Vice President of the BTA.
Mahdi and Jalila were arrested in 2011 after supporting calls for democratic reform in Bahrain. They were held in solitary confinement where they tortured and forced to sign “confessions”.
- They were initially tried before a military court in September 2011 and convicted of, among other things, attempting to overthrow the ruling system by force and inciting hatred of the regime.
In fact, Mahdi and Jalila’s only “crime” was to have the courage to denounce the repression of democratic rights in Bahrain.
Amnesty International has adopted them as prisoners of conscience.
Read more about this on the UCU website and from MENA Solidarity
Read a briefing paper on repression in Bahrain writen by a member of our branch
David Binns, Defend the Bahrain Teachers: An Open letter to UCU Members