Open letter – Support the Bahraini students in the UK
April 21, 2011
This letter has been initiated by student activists and NUS NEC members. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to sign the letter
To whom it may concern,
The wave of revolutions sweeping the Arab World has seen people demonstrate in the face of brutal oppression to call for change. In Bahrain protesters have called for one person one vote, a constitutional monarchy, and an end to corruption – many were shot dead in the street, and hundreds have now disappeared, after Saudi soldiers joined Bahraini police in a violent crack-down that has been condemned by many human rights organizations.
Bahraini students in Manchester and other UK cities have been targeted by the Bahraini government for exercising their right to protest in support of the Bahraini democracy movement. They have now had their sponsorship canceled by the Bahraini government, which has also demanded that the students return from the UK. These students face severe punishment if they do return to Bahrain, and those who have returned from other countries have been arrested at the airport upon arrival. The Guardian has recently documented the risks facing Bahraini students and their families