Mahdi Abu Dheeb—Free At Last

Updated: Mar 27, 2019

Mahdi Abu Dheeb, the founder and leader of the Bahrain Teachers Association who was arrested and sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment before an “unfair” military court in 2011, has been released after five years.

Abu Dheeb and his colleague Jalila al-Salman were both arrested and charged with inciting hatred and attempting to bring down the regime of Khalifah ibn Sulman al-Khalifah—Bahrain’s only prime minister since the country’s independence in the 70s.

Both teachers were arrested and imprisoned during a time of great unrest in Bahrain; authorities were clamping