Mahdi Abu Dheeb and Jalila Al Salman The appeal hearing for teachers' leaders in Bahrain was postponed yesterday to September 12th Mahdi Abu Dheeb and Jalila al Salman - President and Vice-President of the Bahraini Teachers Association have been jailed for ten and three years respectively and are appealing their sentences. The teachers' leaders were jailed for leading peaceful protests last year, demanding democractic rights in the Bahraini kingdom. General Secretary of Education International (EI) Fred van Leewen said: “Rather than blatantly silencing those legitimately working to promote basic human and trade union rights, the government of Bahrain should set the conditions for an all-inclusive and respectful national dialogue that addresses the legitimate aspirations of all Bahrainis, to promote social justice in the country." Mahdi Abu Dheeb has been tortured in jail and his health is said to be failing. Mahdi Abu Dheeb's daughter, Maryam, was prevented from speaking to her father at the court case yesterday and tweeted: "Jailing my dad without any evidence is a crime, not allowing me to enter his court sessions or to hug him when I see him is a huger crime." Bahrain is a major ally of the West - the US has a defence agreement which was recently extended to 2016. It has military bases in the country and its rhetoric of defence of human rights is almost totally absent in the case of Bahrain - despite the appalling abuses such as those to the leaders of the BTA. To read the EI report in full go here.