Bahrain: British Medical Association conference delegates salute jailed colleagues

Delegates at the British Medical Association’s annual conference in June 2013 sent a message of solidarity to Bahraini healthworkers who have been jailed and tortured during the crackdown against protests in 2011. They gathered outside the conference centre, holding up the names of seven medical professionals who have all served prison sentences on trumped-up charges.…

Event: MENA Solidarity Activists’ Workshop 29 June

MENA Solidarity Network – Activists’ Workshop 1 – 3.30pm – 29 June 2013 Bloomsbury Suite, University of London Union, Malet Street, WC1E 7HY Two years after the ‘Arab Spring’ began, the explosive combination of neo-liberalism and political repression continues to spark massive popular protests. MENA Solidarity’s Activists’ Workshop will be an opportunity to hear first-hand…

UK: Bahraini doctor’s message to NHS marchers

Dr Mahmoud al-Fardan worked in the Accident and Emergency department at Salmaniyya Hospital in Bahrain. He fled Bahrain in the wake of the brutal crackdown against protesters in 2011, having seen dozens of his colleagues arrested and sentenced to long jail terms. He witnessed the storming of Salmaniyya Hospital by the riot police and army…

Bahrain: Jalila al-Salman addresses NUT conference

Vice-President of the Bahraini Teachers’ Association, Jalila al-Salman addressed the annual conference of the National Union of Teachers on 2 April. NUT national executive member Nick Grant told MENA Solidarity Network that Jalila’s speech brought delegates to their feet in a standing ovation.  “She told me at breakfast that she still has hearing and vision…

Bahrain: Nurses’ leader calls for international solidarity

From the Bahraini Australian Youth Movement Bahraini nurse calls on international support after police kill 16 yr old during crackdown on anniversary of democracy protests Hussain Al Jaziri, 16 years old, was killed by Bahraini security forces yesterday as the crackdown on pro-democracy protesters intensifies around the second anniversary of Bahrain’s ‘forgotten Arab Spring’.Rula al…

Event: Teachers and the Arab Spring – 12 November

Teachers and the Arab Spring Eyewitness reports from Tunisia, Egypt and Bahrain Monday 12 November, 7.30pm Committee Room 8, House of Commons, SW1A 2TT Speakers: Mohamed Sghaier Saihi: UGTT union federation, teachers’ spokesman in the Kasserine region Mary Compton: NUT activist and editor of Teachersolidarity website, recently returned from a delegation to Egypt Ali Alaswad:…