The 2015 Arthur Svensson Prize
to leaders of Bahrain Teachers Association
The 2015 Arthur Svensson Prize is awarded to the Bahrain
Teachers Association (BTA) by leader Mahdi Abu Dheeb and deputy
Jalila al-Salman. They were imprisoned in 2011, tortured and
humiliated because they encouraged strikes among teachers.
The leader Mahdi Abu Dheeb was in 2011 sentenced to five years
in prison. His health condition worsens steadily. He does not
receive essential and critical medical aid. Jalila al-Salman was
released after nearly six months in prison, but still suffers from
a job ban and restrictions on her rights to speech.