26 Oct 2011
(WNN) Manama, BAHRAIN: Without proper jurisdiction and legal rights, school teacher and Vice President of Bahrain’s Teachers Association Mrs. Jaleela Al Salman has been forced to return to prison by Bahrain police security following her official release from prison while she was waiting for the appeal of her upcoming case set for December 11.
Detained in prison without access to a lawyer from March 29 to August 21, Jaleela faced a Bahraini military courtroom on September 25, 2011 where she was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment on charges of ‘inciting hatred towards the regime.’ Charges also included calling for a teachers strike and attempting to overthrow the ruling system by force. During her days in prison Jaleela later outlined what she calls “beatings” and sexual intimidation under threats of rape that lead her to making a forced confession of guilt before she received her first official day in court.
Saudi-backed Bahraini forces have rearrested the Vice President of Bahrain Teachers Association, Jalila al-Salman, in an overnight attack on her house.
19 Oct 2011
Regime forces broke into Jalila al-Salman’s home at 3:00 a.m local time on Wednesday and detained her without an official notice or arrest warrant.
Witnesses say more than 30 masked security forces in civilian clothes were involved in the operation.
18 Oct 2011
In this special edition of FirstCast, we feature the voices of two brave women who have been detained the longest in Bahrain in connection to the crackdown of pro-democracy advocates. Roula al-Safar is a nurse, a humanitarian, and the head of the Bahrain Nursing Association who was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Jaleela al-Salman is a teacher and vice president of the Bahrain Teachers Association. She was sentenced to three years in prison and was awaiting an appeal under civilian court.
18 Oct 2011
Washington, DC – Human Rights First is concerned for the safety of Bahraini teacher Jaleela Al Salman, who was rearrested in a night raid conducted early this morning. She is Vice President of the Bahrain Teachers Association and reports indicate that she was seized by masked men who entered her home around 3 a.m. The security forces who took her did not show a warrant for her arrest.
On September 25, Al Salman was sentenced to three years in prison. She was convicted following an unfair military court trial and was at home while she waited for her appeal, currently scheduled for December 11. It is understood that neither Al Salman nor her lawyer received an official notice prior to her arrest. She was taken to Isa Town police station and is expected to be transferred to jail today.
10 Oct 2011
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.
In a news conference on 30 September, the spokesperson for OHCHR, expressed concern at the harsh sentences ranging from three years’ imprisonment to the death penalty.
5 Oct 2011
Bahrain’s widely boycotted by-elections on 24 September and 1 October were the background setting for multiple military court hearings that condemned dozens of journalists, activists, teachers and doctors to long prison terms. They were targeted for speaking out in favour of reforms during demonstrations in February or simply for doing their jobs, report the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) and other IFEX members. Among those arrested during the elections were 45 female protesters, some of whom have been reportedly tortured.
5 Oct 2011
“Since 1994 World Teachers’ Day is celebrated on 5 October. It is an opportunity for UNESCO and Education International to celebrate the profession and to promote international standards for the teaching profession.” – UNESCO
Photo: Security forces crackdown on schools, one way of how teachers were arrested in March
We’ve had a lot to say over recent months about Bahrain’s treatment of protesters, and unfortunately, the most recent news doesn’t make the situation much brighter: a Bahrain military court decided to uphold the guilty verdicts against a group of prominent opposition activists, exposing yet again the inherent unfairness of the trial process.
Aljazeera, Sunday 25-09-2011
The AFP news agency reports that a Bahraini special court jailed Sunday the head of the teachers’ union for 10 years and his deputy for three, among other Shias over their role in anti-regime protests, BNA state news agency said.
The verdicts came a day after the kingdom held by-elections boycotted by the opposition to replace 18 Shia MPs who quit the parliament to protest the violence used against demonstrators in February.
Mahdi Abu Deib and Jalila al-Salman were convicted by the court of national safety of “calling to forcefully overthrow the regime in union statements,” BNA said.
They were also accused of “promoting hatred to the regime and spreading false news,” it added.
BNA claimed that the pair used the union to “instigate acts that are considered criminal like calling for sit-ins by teachers, obstructing teaching, holding protests near schools… and calling upon parents not to send their children to school.”