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Minister of Education… this is how I was raped! | EBOHR

Minister of Education… this is how I was raped! | EBOHR | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Do you remember, O Minister Naimi when you said in your speech on the occasion of Teacher’s Day which falls on October 5, 2012:
“To improve the conditions of teachers and improve the services provided to them is a priority of the ministry”.
Does slashing the livelihoods of your employees for several months and still deducting their salaries considered improving the conditions of teachers? Does interrogating them for more than once and subjecting them to prison and rape considered as improving the services provided to them? Does appointing half of the ministry staff in conducting investigations with the other half considered of the priorities of the ministry?
And can a teacher like me if time revised itself but only to ascend the door of your ministry and call for the umpteenth time to put you on an international trial and call to overthrow the top of this corrupted pyramid of power. And until that time arrives -that justice will always prevail- the revolution shall continue, because dignity is in the land and not in the body.

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Release Jassim Al Hulaibi and other prisoners of conscience

Release Jassim Al Hulaibi and other prisoners of conscience | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Amongst the prisoners of conscience in Bahrain are university students who have not committed any crime. They are innocent. It’s essential to save them. One of the students is Jassim Al Hulaibi. Al Hulaibi was a student at Bahrain Teachers College. He had an excellent academic record. Instead of honoring this student for his excellent conduct and for his academic record, he is now in prison. He has been in prison since more than a year ago and was sentenced to 15 years.
It all started on March 13, 2011 when pro-democracy students protested in the university. Al Hulaibi was not with them. He was injured, and could not go to university. There are medical reports prove that.
On March 27, 2011 police raided Al Hulaibi’s home at 2 am and arbitrarily arrested him. They were beating him as they took him forcefully in the car. His family didn’t know his whereabouts for more than one month. Al Hulaibi was sentenced to 15 years in prison. The charges are: attempting murder, intimidating others, and vandalizing the university on March 13, 2011. Confessions were taken under torture. AL HULAIBI WAS NOT THERE AT UNIVERSITY ON THAT SPECIFIC DAY. He was injured as a result of a government forces attack on a peaceful protest in his neighborhood, and it would be impossible for him to leave to university or to walk with his injured leg.
Al Hulaibi is not the only student wrongly imprisoned in Bahrain. Please help us in freeing Al Hulaibi and other political prisoners.

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Interview with Maryam Abu Deeb

www.witnessbahrain.org Interview with Maryam Abu Deeb, whose father Mahdi Abu Deeb is in prison in Bahrain. He is president of the Bahrain Teachers Association and was punished for organizing teachers to join in the peaceful protests at Pearl Square in Bahrain in February and March 2011.

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Maryam Abu Dheeb speaks of her father's detention and torture in Bahrain!

Maryam Abu Dheeb, daughter of Bahrain Teachers Association (BTA) President, Mahdi Abu Dheeb, describes the detention and torture of her father and the situation she and her family face....

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Bahraini authorities prevented the representative of Human Rights Watch from attending the trials

Bahraini authorities prevented the representative of Human Rights Watch from attending the trials | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahraini authorities prevented today -November 30, 2011- the representative of Human Rights Watch from attending the trials of journalist Reem Khalifa and members of the Board of Directors of the Bahrain Teachers Society.
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Amnesty condemns Bahrain verdicts - Bahrain Freedom Movement

Amnesty condemns Bahrain verdicts - Bahrain Freedom Movement | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Amnesty said the Sunday hearing into the cases of former leaders of the Bahrain Teachers’ Association Mahdi Issa Mahdi Abu Dheeb and Jalila al-Salman and the appeal court’s subsequent guilty verdict against the two was a “nightmare”.

The court gave Abu Dheeb five years in prison while al-Salman was handed a six-month sentence reduced from ten years and three years in jail, respectively.

The two were arrested and imprisoned in early 2011 for calling for a teachers’ strike in the tiny Persian Gulf island whose rulers are leading a bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters calling for an elected government.

Abu Dheeb has already spent some 18 months behind the bars while al-Salman was in prison for five and a half months before being released on bail. The two were tortured and held in solitary confinement and forced to sign confessions that they did not even read.

The two who were the former president and vice president of the Bahrain Teachers’ Association, respectively, were handed the initial prison sentences by a military court, which accused them of “inciting hatred of the regime” and “attempting to overthrow the ruling system by force.”

Amnesty said they have never supported violence describing them as prisoners of conscience as no evidence of the alleged charges was presented during their trials.

“With this guilty verdict, Bahrain’s justice system has added to a growing list of outrageous injustices,” Amnesty’s Middle East and North Africa Director Philip Luther said.

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Mahdi Abu Deeb's Letter Smuggled Out of Prison

Mahdi Abu Deeb's  Letter Smuggled Out of Prison | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Here is the letter:
“Permission [to fight] has been given to those who are being fought, because they were wronged. And indeed, Allah is competent to give them victory.” Surat Al-Haj (39)
I write this letter to King Hamad bin Isa to advise you as our religion teaches us to do so. All I want from this is reform, real reform and not just those promises you gave the people without actually making them happen. Real reform is what helps our country avoid injustice, tyranny, discrimination and stealing wealth. I demand from you the constitutional monarchy you said you wanted, now only you have the monarchy but the people did not get the constitutional power.
We, the people, grew tired with the deteriorating living circumstances, constitutional rights and political freedom. That is why we went out to demand real reform and dedicated ourselves to peacefulness and good behavior. But what did you do? You betrayed your own people; do you even consider us your people?
You declared the state of “National Safety”, which was a regretful period where people’s rights and well-beings were abused, blood spilled, mosques demolished and Ma’tams damaged right in front of you and with your blessings. Some were killed, others injured and many imprisoned, you didn’t spare infants, old men, women or young men. If you claim to not be responsible for this, you certainly cannot deny that you knew about it, so what did you do to prevent the abuse of the people? No matter what, you are responsible for this and you will stand before Allah to be judged on what happened and still happens in your Kingdom, aren’t you the one responsible for your people?
You wanted to clear your name after the whole world criticized you, so you made the “National Dialogue” parade. It was so silly and resulted in so little that I wouldn’t even bother to discuss it.
Furthermore, you started what was called the “Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry” to avoid having the UN send its own commissions and expose the abuses suffered by the people during the state of “National Safety”. You chose the members of the commission and it started its work accompanied with a lot of doubt, withdrawals and problems. Regardless, it still managed to expose your abuses and highlight a lot of the injustice suffered by the people. The report had some compliments but that could not take the heat off the abuses committed by your army and Ministry of Interior. But what did you do? You formed a committee to follow up with the BICI recommendation and the whole world agreed that they have not done anything yet while your media announced the success of implementing them.
I have said several times before that we are “hostages”. We are not imprisoned because we are criminals and we won’t be released because your judges suddenly find out we’re innocent! We will stay in prison as long as you need us so you can leverage us while talking to the opposition and the people, you will only release us when you reach a settlement that pleases you. We will not let anyone mess with the demands of our people. Every moment longer we stay in prison means you have to stand before Allah and explain your actions even more, choose as you wish.
If our only crime is demanding our rights and wanting to live an honorable free life then I declare that we are all “guilty”. If our crime is demanding to be equal in our country without any discrimination on ethnic, religious, sectarian, tribal or society classes levels then we are all “guilty”. If our crime is demanding justice and equality then we are “guilty”. If our crime is demanding reform in our country, religion and world by stopping the waste of wealth and holding accountable those who steal, kill and oppress then we are “guilty”. If our crime is demanding security for ourselves, our children, houses, mosques, Ma’tams, towns and village then we “guilty”. If your laws limits the freedom of expression than say it out loud and don’t be embarrassed to tell it to the whole world because you cannot really hide it anymore.
Instead, you accuse us of things we have not done, you try to lie about crimes that you and everyone around you know are not true. That will not solve the problem, it will not end the crisis which you have the power to solve and avoid prolonging. Only then you will be able to stop the bloodshed and waste of money that is increasing day by day.
You have declared in the past a so-called ”National Reconciliation” but we haven’t seen it happen. You also announced forgiveness and we still haven’t seen any. You still to this day say you are committed to dialogue and reform yet our town and villages are abused and robbed, the investors are going away and the calls of war are on the tongues of Religious figures, MPs, advisors and ministers. All that and the killings, bloodshed and imprisoning the innocent is still happening and even increasing. So where is the dialogue and reform? Where is the forgiveness and reconciliation? When will the ruling chairs be more important that the land? When will those in power be more important than citizens?
I sincerely call on you to quickly take responsibility in front of Allah, the land, the people and history to solve the crisis as soon as possible. What we have lost is enough and every minute that passes makes it harder to find a solution for this crisis that stormed our country, harmed everyone and created deep divides between the fragments of the society that won’t be reconnected easily. Seeking foreign powers’ help won’t benefit you nor will pitting one sect against another, nor even using mercenaries. Try to open up to our great creative nation that any just authority around the world would want to have. Try to be a part of it, try to respond to its fair demands, try to understand it and walk with it, not fight against it. If you do that you should know that is in your best interest. This is the time of people and not rulers, this is the time of change not stagnation. What was right in the 80s and 90s has no place today – societies move and the clock always turns the same way.
Choose between being the ruler that “won for his people” or the ruler that “won over his people” before you become the ruler “who lost to his people”.
“[And they are] those who, if We give them authority in the land, establish prayer and give zakah and enjoying what is right and forbid what is wrong. And to Allah belongs the outcome of [all] matters.” Surat Al-Haj (41)

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Education International - Bahrain: Support Mahdi Abu Dheeb

Education International - Bahrain: Support Mahdi Abu Dheeb | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

In a worrying turn of events, the Manama Lower Criminal Court indirectly increased the pressure on Abu Dheeb and Al Salman through a ruling in a related case.

On 26 March, the court acquitted seven Bahraini teachers, members of the BTA, of all charges. They had been charged with undermining national stability by organising sit-ins outside schools during last year’s protests.

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Lamees Dhaif presents: Shame on You! | Learn of the Bahraini Pro-reform movement!

لميس ضيف تقدم : عار عليكم

Free and drop all charges against all Prisoners of conscience in Bahrain!

Allow for peaceful demonstrations, expression of free speech , and allow all forms of worship.

 

Implement the recommendations of the Bahrain Inquiry ASAP!

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Teachers facing charges before a civil court on November 30, 2011

Teachers facing charges before a civil court on November 30, 2011 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) expresses its deep concern regarding the trial of the Board of Directors of the Bahrain Teachers Society (BTS) because of their peaceful activities. The hearing session on November 30th.
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