Mahdi Abu Dheeb should be in a classroom, not a prison cell.
Mahdi is a teacher and union leader in Bahrain. He was arrested, beaten, tortured and jailed for defending human rights and calling for democratic reforms in his country. In early 2011, at the height of the 'Arab Spring' uprisings across the middle east and north Africa, protests and violent crackdowns rocked the streets of Bahrain. Hundreds were arrested and abused, and more than 35 protestors were killed. Mahdi Abu Dheeb, president of the Bahrain Teachers' Association, called on his teaching union to strike, demanding political reforms and a thorough investigation into the deaths that occurred during the protests.
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- Amnesty International UK, "Mahdi Abu Dheeb, imprisoned in Bahrain for defending teachers’ rights"