Former vice-president of Bahraini Teachers' Association is arrested again for protesting abuse

October 21, 2011

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A Bahraini woman gestures at the end of a peaceful rally in the western village of Buri on Oct. 14.

Human rights observers say they're worried about the safety of Jalilal al-Salman, a former official with the Bahrain Teacher’s Association. She was arrested before dawn Wednesday morning. Her arrest came after claiming she was abused during her incarceration in March.

Last month, al-Salman was convicted on charges that included the attempted overthrow of the Bahrain government. Although she is a civilian, her trial was in a military court. She was sentenced to three years in prison. Her appeal is due to be heard in civilian court on December 1.

We get analysis from Beth Ann Toupin, the Bahrain and Iraq country specialist for Amnesty International—USA.