Bahrain Cracks Down on Student Protesters With Harsh Sentences – Higher Education Chronicle

The Higher Education Chronicle have published this article about the sentences against students and lecturers in Bahrain:

The crackdown has had “a chilling effect” on university campuses, says Joe Stork, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East and North Africa division. Shiite students and professors told The Chronicle that discrimination against them is now “wide open” and described an atmosphere of fear, suspicion, and intimidation.

On October 3, six university students were sentenced to 15-year jail terms and another student to an 18-year term by a special military court. They were accused of attempted murder, arson, and vandalism in connection with clashes that took place on the campus of the University of Bahrain, the main national university, on March 13. The students and their supporters say the violence that day was carried out by Bahrain security forces and government supporters, none of whom have been charged.

Other students and professors are facing charges of illegal assembly, incitement, and disturbing the peace. At least 100 professors and university administrators have been fired, and about 60 students have been denied the right to continue their studies.

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