Free Mahdi ‘Issa Mahdi Abu Dheeb

Mr. Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa

King of Bahrain

Excellency, 

With all respect, I am urging the Bahraini authorities to immediately release on bail Mahdi ‘Issa Mahdi Abu Dheeb, President of the Bahraini Teachers Association (BTA), given his deteriorating health condition. I am extremely concerned about the state of health of Mahdi Abu Dheeb and by the fact that he is still denied access to the medical help he urgently needs. I also condemn the dissolution and the arbitrary procedures against the Bahraini Teachers Association which are in clear violation against the free exercise of human and trade union rights in Bahrain. I urge the Bahraini authorities to:

– Immediately release on bail Mahdi ‘Issa Mahdi Abu Deeb, President of the Bahraini Teachers Association (BTA), given his deteriorating health condition;
– Investigate on the allegations of torture and ill-treatment against Mahdi Abu Dheeb and other detained trade unionists and bring those responsible to justice;
– Revoke the sentences against Jalila al-Salman and Mahdi Abu Deeb and drop all charges against other BTA leaders;
– Respect the fundamental rights and freedoms of teachers, students and union activists in accordance with international labour norms;
– Reinstate the teachers dismissed and the students expelled, together with their salaries and scholarships;
– Stop  impeding the functioning of trade unions;
– Implement the recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry;
– Engage in a respectful and peaceful dialogue to set up and institutionalise mechanisms to respect fundamental human rights of Bahraini teachers and to end the violations which include arbitrary arrests, detentions, unjust sentencing and dismissals.

I look forward to hearing about your positive intervention on this very serious matter.

Conrado Garcia Jamin
Centro de Desarrollo y Acción Laboral
México

About northernbarbarians

I'm an activist and advocate for human rights and the establishment of penalties to the simulators and inconsistent. My fight is for respect for universal rights and freedoms. Journalist various print and electronic media in several countries. Independent research analyst of social risks in unions, political, corporate and institutional image. Four books published and three in electronic version. Live one day at a time, even on payments, sometimes alive yesterday. Modest income is the price of freedom.
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