Demand the release of jailed Bahraini teacher union leaders
On Sunday, two teacher union leaders in Bahrain – jailed for three to ten years for their part in peaceful protests this spring – were due to have their appeals heard. Instead they were postponed until 19 February, and they will languish in jail until then unless we protest.
While other countries in the Middle East and North Africa were experiencing this year’s Arab Spring, Bahrain’s trade union movement suffered vicious repression. Seven other BTA board members are also on trial and 76 teachers have been sacked for similar baseless reasons. A larger number of teachers are still suspended. Education International General Secretary Fred van Leeuwen visited Bahrain and met many of the affected teachers in November, and a UK delegation, including Amnesty International, visited the Bahraini Embassy in London to protest.
President Mahdi ‘Issa Mahdi Abu Dheeb and Vice President Jalila al-Salman – a leading woman trade unionist – need our solidarity.