Ms. Al Salman (Left) and Mr. Abu Dheeb (Right)
On 8 June 2011, The first hearing was held at the National Safety court ( Military court) for Bahrain Teachers Society (BTS).The case has been adjourned till 15 June, 2011.
The defendants were present at the trial :
1- Mr. Mahdi Isa Abu Dheeb – Chairman, Bahrain Teachers Society
2-Ms. Jalila Mohammed Ridha Al Salman – Deputy Chair, Bahrain Teachers Society
1-inciting others to commit crimes;
2-calling for the hatred and overthrow of the ruling system;
3-holding pamphlets, disseminating fabricated stories and information;
4-leaving work on purpose and encouraging others to do so;
5-taking part at illegal gatherings.
The Society was founded in 2002, previously called for improvement in teachers working conditions, and contributed to the protests since February 14, 2011.
On 13 March 2011, The BTS issued a statement criticizing the violations by the security forces in schools and called for a strike. (Ref: http://www.bhteachers.org/portal/news.php?action=view&id=61)
On 23 March 2011, Issued a statement to suspend strike. (Ref: http://www.bhteachers.org/portal/news.php?action=view&id=62)
On 6 April 2011, The Bahrain Teachers Society (BTS) suspended by Ministry of Development. (Ref: http://www.bna.bh/portal/news/451949).
BTS’s website blocked by Bahraini authorities: www.bhteachers.org
Bahraini authorities arrested some members of the Board of Directors.
Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) expresses deep concern at the targeting of institutions of civil society and calls for urgent action to stop the punishment of civil society institutions by the Bahraini authorities.