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Silent Witness -- The U.S. Government and the Trial of Bahraini Human Rights Defender Abu Deeb

Silent Witness -- The U.S. Government and the Trial of Bahraini Human Rights Defender Abu Deeb | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Saturday, April 6 will be exactly two years since Mahdi Abu Deeb, President of the Bahrain Teachers Association (BTA), was arrested for his part in the peaceful uprising. He was tortured, subjected to unfair military and civilian trials and is serving a five-year sentence.

Washington has been relatively muted about the Bahrain crackdown, and we are told the U.S. government has to carefully weigh "other equities," including the U.S. Fifth Fleet based in Bahrain, before it openly criticizes the regime's human rights violations. Although the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain sent observers to Abu Deeb's court hearings, it hasn't spoken out about the fairness of his trial.

Abu Deeb is one of Bahrain's most prominent human rights defenders, jailed for exercising his right to peaceful expression. He spoke at political meetings during the February and March 2011 protests for democratic reform in Bahrain, and when the government responded with a violent crackdown starting mid-March he was targeted. After seven failed attempts to find and arrest him, Deeb was finally taken into custody on April 6, 2011.

Following his arrest he spent 64 days in solitary confinement, was beaten, and electrocuted. Cellmates Abdulhadi al Khawaja and Mohamed al Tajer report hearing him being beaten. 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. ......

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Marietje Schaake on Human rights violations in Bahrain

Speech by Marietje Schaake MEP (ALDE ADLE) on : Human rights violations in Bahrain [Author] 

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Health fears for Bahraini teacher, Mahdi Abu Dheeb | Amnesty International

There are fears for the health of the former president of the Bahrain Teacher’s Association (BTA) Mahdi ‘Issa Mahdi Abu Dheeb following allegations that he was beaten in detention . The next hearing of his appeal and that of former vice-president of the BTA , Jalila al-Salman, is scheduled for 19 February.
Jalila al-Salman ’s and Mahdi ‘Issa Mahdi Abu Dheeb ’s appeal hearing continued on 11 December 2011. Both defendants were present, although Mahdi ‘Issa Mahdi Abu Dheeb’s health condition is said to have deteriorated since he was moved to Jaw prison in October. There are allegations that he was beaten after the move. Jalila al-Salman is currently free on bail. They were sentenced in September to three and 10 years in prison respectively....

 

[ Bogus charges, and bogus sentencing for execising the right to freedom of speech! ]

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Education International - Bahrain: Union leader moved to Jaw prison

Education International - Bahrain: Union leader moved to Jaw prison | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

More info:  http://www.ei-ie.org/en/uaas/uaa_details/31

 

 

Send an email to the Bahrain ministry of Education.....

Plea for his release and safekeeping.... 

 

 

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Education International - Bahrain: UN concerned about court sentences for teacher leaders

Education International - Bahrain: UN concerned about court sentences for teacher leaders | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has voiced concern at the harsh sentences handed down by a military court to the two leaders of the EI Bahraini teacher association, 20 medical staff and at least 32 other individuals.

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FREE MAHDI ABUDEEB NOW!

To Whom it may concern:
I am  a Bahraini citizen who needs your help and attention in the case of Mahdi Abudeeb (President of Bahrain Teachers Society); I am recounting  his story to you.

In less than a week before the brutal crackdown on the thousands of peaceful protesters in Lulu Roundabout by the Bahraini and Saudi military forces, the 1st attempt to detain Mahdi Abudeeb took place. On that day, his house which is situated in Alai, was invaded by few dozens of policemen climbing over the walls and breaking the inner main door. It was around 12:45 Am, and at that time both Mahdi and his only son were not in house. His wife and 3 daughters were terrified by the atrocious raid. The raiders broke many furniture items and doors in the house and terrified the mother and the daughters and verbally abused them. They also took many papers and two mobile phones and other items that belong to Mahdi.
During the same night, the same group of attackers attacked Mahdi’s mother's house terrifying his sisters and disabled brother. They took Mahdi’s brother in law with them to guide them to Mahdi’s house. This came after 7 failed attempts to arrest Mahdi (3 targeting his house, 3 his father house, and 1 his uncle house). However, the 8th attempt succeeded in detaining Mahdi, which was from his uncle (Said Al Muhna, 60 years) who was also detained with Mahdi and was released 3 months later.
This was on the 6th of April in which Mahdi felt ill and called his uncle who took him to the hospital and asked him to his house. On the same day at night, Mahdi heard loud knocking at the house door, so he went to the roof of the house to check and he saw a group of masked men in civilian clothes.  During which he suddenly noticed that one of the masked men climbed over the neighbor’s walls to the roof of his uncle house pointing his gun at Mahdi and started to hit him on his head. Another masked man came upon the roof to help in detaining Mahdi, and while they were pulling him, some of the masked men near the house door shouted, 'throw him from the roof.'   Which they did, and once Mahdi fell down they surrounded him kicking him with their shoes all over his body until he was seriously wounded in many parts of his body. This is the way the Bahraini policemen and army forces treat a public figure like the head of the teachers’ society!
Mahdi was then handcuffed and blindfolded and they continued to beat him and insult him and his religion with dirty words. Mahdi was taken to the CID headquarters in Adliya.  Since he reached there, he has been continually beaten and insulted all the time.  He was beaten on his head, ear, kidneys and back.  He was also forced to stand for long periods of time.  On the 2nd day of his detention, he was taken out from his cell to another room where he was hanged from  the ceiling of that room and then was brutally  beaten with a plastic hose although he informed them that he has nothing to hide and he will be willing to say anything.  However, the torturers forced him to sign whatever they wrote, and although he did sign, they continued to beat him and threatened to hang him again.
On the 9th of April, he was transferred to the BDF hospital after he was brutally tortured, and despite Mahdi’s bad situation, they continued to beat him all the way to the hospital. Following the treatment he received, a police officer talked to him threatening him that he will be ill-treated again if he doesn’t follow the instructions. Mahdi was taken to Cell# 2 at al grain prison were he was the main target among other prisoners of torture as advised by the human rights activist Abdhul Hadi Al Khwaja, and lawyer Mohamed Al Tajer who were with him in the same cell, and the religious clerk Sayed Mohamed Al Alawi who was in the adjacent cell. They have also noticed that Mahdi wasn’t walking properly as a result of the torture he has been receiving.
He was deprived from praying the way he should according to his religion, and he has been told that he is now owned by the government and should pray the way they want him to, and has always been threatened to be taken to Saudi military and Saudi clerks who hate  Shia very much.  The torturers have also threatened to rape him in more than one occasion.  As a result of this  ill treatment, Mahdi lost around 15 units of his weight, and his health situation deteriorated and his kidneys were badly affected as a result of the beating sessions.
On another day, Mahdi has been taken out of his cell and has been told that he will be released.  He was taken into a car with another 4 men and he sat in the back seat in the middle of two of his torturers who started beating and threatening to kill and rape him. They asked him to confess to everything they said.  When he reached the destination, it was a big circular luxurious hall with Bahrain and ministry of interior flags. The hall was full of masked photographers, technicians and investigators. Among them was Fasial Folad, x-Shuura Council member and a member of the national human rights association. During the videotaping, Mahdi was forced to repeat the answers as dictated by them. On the way back, they took him to a medical clinic. On the 9th of May, Mahdi was taken after evening prayers handcuffed and blindfolded to CID. There, he was interrogated by an officer named Meshal Ali Mohamed Al Mana’ai. Another person entered the room, and he started to shout and abuse Mahdi with dirty words. He kept his shoe in Mahdi’s lap and told him that if he doesn’t cooperate and say whatever they want him to say, he would use this shoe in beating him. This man was threatening Mahdi that in the room there are different persons each for a task, one to beat, one to rape and one to torture by electricity. They were throwing their cigarettes’ ashes on Mahdi’s head. Mahdi then came to know that the person who entered room was one of the most famous torturers: Mubbark Bin Howail, who tortured many doctors and other detainees. Mubrrak was then asking the questions and answering them without allowing Mahdi to reply. He then left the room, and Mahdi was then forced to sign. He then was allowed to go to the toilet and to pray handcuffed, which was the 1st time he saw his face. Mahdi then showed Meshal Ali Mohamed Al Mana’ai the torturing signs on his body.  However,  the officer wrote that he didn’t see any sign of torture!. By the end of the interrogation, Mahdi understood that this was the official interrogation by the military prosecution during which the lawyer didn’t attend and was not informed.  Mahdi only saw his lawyer in the 1st court session.
Following this 1st interrogation session, Mahdi was taken in a small mini bus, and has been told that he will be transferred to KSA. When they reached Al Grain Jail, Mahdi was asked to stand in one corner in a room, and they started to beat him thereafter.
Many eye-witnesses confirmed that Mahdi has been brutally tortured on a daily basis during the 1st three months of his detention. Mahdi is now on hunger strike since the 11th of September and he has submitted two letters to the military prosecutor asking to release him but he is yet to receive a response from them.
Mr Abudeeb  is refusing to take his medications which may have a very bad reflection on his situation.  He is already starting  to be very weak, it’s  even hard for him to speak. We are extremely concerned about the current health condition of Mahdi as he is suffering from diabetes, High BP,  and has heart, stomach and kidney problems .
Madhi Abu Deeb did nothing other than use his rights in peacefully expressing his views as  Head of the Teachers’ Society, a basic right that is granted to him by all international laws and constitutions.  Is this the treatment that he deserves now?!
We hereby demand his immediate release, as such a public figure should be working to help his society, and not jailed behind  bars.

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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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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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Education International - Bahrain: Education union leader calls for international solidarity

Education International - Bahrain: Education union leader calls for international solidarity | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Free Mahdi Abu Deeb and Jalila Al-Salman NOW !

 

Free Mahdi Abu Deeb and Jalila Al-Salman NOW !

 

Free Mahdi Abu Deeb and Jalila Al-Salman NOW !

 

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Freedom for Mr. Mahdi Abo Deeb

Freedom for Mr. Mahdi Abo Deeb | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Therefore the undersigned appeal, on behalf of the human conscience, urged the Bahraini authorities, led by his Majesty King Hamad Bin Issa Al-Khalifa to take the following actions: * The returns of all expelled and dismissed workers, particularly...
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FREE MAHDI ABUDEEB NOW ! ! !

FREE MAHDI ABUDEEB NOW  ! ! ! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

This article gives you all you need to write in support of Mahdi AbuDeeb.  Please take the time to become informed, become involved, take time to solicit for the release of the Prisoners of Conscience in Bahrain!

#FREEABUDEEB  #FREEABUDEEB  #FREEABUDEEB  #FREEABUDEEB  #FREEABUDEEB  #FREEABUDEEB

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Bahrain teaching union chief jailed for 10 years over anti-regime protest - The National

Bahrain teaching union chief jailed for 10 years over anti-regime protest - The National | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Teachers' union leaders Mahdi Abu Deib and Jalila Al Salman were convicted by the court of national safety of' 'calling to forcefully overthrow the regime'. They were also accused of 'promoting hatred to the regime and spreading false news'.
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