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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Mahdi ‘Issa Mahdi Abu Dheeb


Mahdi ‘Issa Mahdi Abu Dheeb is the former vice-president of the Bahrain Teacher’s Association (BTA).  He was arrested with several other board members after the BTA called for strikes during the spring 2011 protests.  While most of his colleagues were released, he was brought to trial before a military court on 15 June on charges that include “inciting hatred towards the regime,” “calling to overthrow and change the regime by force,” “calling on parents not to send their children to school,” and “calling on teachers to stop working and participate in strikes and demonstrations.”  He has been tortured and ill-treated. He was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, which was later reduced to five years by an appeals court.

Mahdi 'Issa Mahdi Abu Dheeb has been RELEASED.

Advocate: Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA)