Urgent Appeal- Free Hussain Ahmed Almoumen NOW !
A lot of my friends were trying to make me feel better today saying “Steve Jobs didn’t get a college degree! look what he made out of himself”
Well, yes Steve jobs chose to drop out of college to do what he wanted and believed in. Unfortunately in my case I didn’t get to choose, and for me getting a college degree is what I want and what I believe in. So no I won’t let go easily, actually I won’t let go at all..
Bahrain Polytechnic Dismissed Students Updates: 24th September 2011
On 18th September 2011 Bahrain Polytechnic sent the below text message to around 35 out of the over 60 dismissed students.
Important Notes to be raised:
- Classes are starting on Sunday 25th September 2011, yet 31 dismissed students face an unknown fate keeping in mind that all dismissed students from Bahrain Polytechnic had almost identical dismissal letters.
- The Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI ) informed the remaining dismissed students during a meeting that the Head Investigator of BICI Mr. Khalid M. Ahmed has met with the Minister of Education Mr. Majid Al Noaimi, who confirmed that the new Deputy of Bahrain Polytechnic Mohammed Al Asiri is aware of the King Hamad’s instructions to reinstate ALL dismissed students. Yet it has been noticed that Mohammed Al-Asiri is delaying and complicating the process. Mohammed Al Asiri informed the Minister of Education that he will re-review the cases and make a final decision on the remaining dismissed students by Thursday 27th September 2011.
- Due to the wrongful termination students do not want to repeat the previous semester because over 80% of the semester was completed when they dismissed them.
- All the revoked scholarships and grants must be returned to students.
- The Code of Conduct which was signed by the students states that “Students are advised that participation in any activities of a political nature could lead to disciplinary action on your dismissal from Bahrain Polytechnic” which means that even if they participate in any political activities OUTSIDE the campus and which would be UNRELATED to Polytechnic, the students will be dismissed again!
Bahrain Polytechnic does not have the right to control the students’ political activities outside the campus, or interfere with their personal views and lives.
Around one week ago, dozens of students went on hunger strike in solidarity with their detained friends from the University of Bahrain. I personally don’t know any of the detainees, nor am I a student from the University of Bahrain.
Yesterday I decided to join their initiative and go on hunger strike as well. I am aware of the fact that what I am doing might not be effective at all, and I understand that their case won’t be anywhere near being solved only because I stopped eating.
To the Head of Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry investigators, Mr. Khalid M. Ahmed,
I don’t think you remember me. My name is Eman Oun, an expelled student from Bahrain Polytechnic. On the 13th of August, I came to your office along with other expelled students from UoB, BTC and of course, Bahrain Polytechnic, to document our cases. To be honest, the meeting with you was not as I expected! After you asked me a couple of questions about my case, taking less than two minutes, you asked me to leave the place three times.Even though I kept informing you that I am the representative of the Bahrain Polytechnic case, and I have a scheduled meeting with the investigators of your team later on. As a response to your persistent request, I waited outside in the horrible humid weather. I understand that you and the rest of your team must be having a lot pressure with everything going on in Bahrain, yet I am pretty sure you knew the amount of responsibilities that would be placed upon you before agreeing to take this position.
I am not writing this email to complain, or question the credibility of the work of your team. The truth is, I really disliked some of the published statements by the commission. However, I am not the kind of person who would judge beforehand, and neither is any of us, hence, we shall wait and see the outcomes. I am writing this email to follow up on our case and remind you of our demands.
When I met with three investigators of your team that day, they seemed very positive, optimistic, as they voluntarily suggested the idea of having weekly meetings with the representatives to follow up.With that said, it is now almost four weeks since that day and I have heard nothing from them so far.
On the 27th of August, the deputy CEO of the Bahrain Polytechnic, Mohammed Al Asiri published a statement announcing the reinstatement of 31 student only. He added “The administration will contact the students who are allowed to come back during the upcoming period, as long as they abide by the internal regulations of the Polytechnic.“
A questions that strikes here first of all is: Why only 31 students when the total number of expelled students is over 60? Keeping in mind that we have almost identical expulsion letters.
Secondly, regarding abiding the internal regulations of Polytechnic, did it work the first time? I strongly advise you to ask the Polytechnic for our investigation statements as they have written all the questions they have asked along with our answers. I dare you to find any question related to anything internal, as all the questions were not even related to Polytechnic or activities that occurred within the campus. They focused on personal questions, disregarding our privacy. This brings me back to the question: Why were we expelled in the first place? They might attempt to justify dismissing employees from the public and private sectors by saying that it was because of their absent percentage, but the Polytechnic was closed during the whole period of unrest in Bahrain, and when it reopened, we resumed our classes normally. They might have frail attempts to tamper with the facts, by justifying the expulsion of the University of Bahrain students, as a result of the protests that happened inside the campus, but in our case, no demonstration or protest occurred inside the campus of Bahrain Polytechnic. They also might attempt to justify dismissing students from schools by saying they were involved in acts of violence, but looking back, no clashes ever took place inside Bahrain Polytechnic. I wonder how they would attempt to justify our expulsion.
These points certainly clarify that our expulsion was unjust.
Regarding our demands, the immediate return of ALL Bahrain Polytechnic expelled students without exceptions is needed, and it is at the top of our list of demands. We strongly demand not to repeat the previous semester as we were only few weeks away from finishing the semester when they expelled us. In addition to that, we demand to return of revoked scholarships to the students. We want our education rights to be preserved, so we must be treated equally, along with the rest of the students. Most importantly, we demand an official apology from everyone behind this expulsion, along with removing our names once and for all from the Higher Education Board black list, in order for us to resume our education in any other institutions we desire. We need guarantees that they will not expel us again in the same shameful manner, at any time they please, because our futures are not matters to be tampered with. Much is on the line for us as young students.
Thank you for all your efforts and I am looking forward to your reply.
Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 10:23 PM
A letter from my heart to my future children,
Today is the 20th of July 2011, I am writing to you to let you know that I loved, cared and thought of you even way before you came into this world. I don’t know who your daddy is, your names or where we will be living. All I know is that the choices I am making today will affect you in the future.
One month ago I got expelled from Bahrain Polytechnic where I used to study the Bachelor of Business program. No I wasn’t expelled because I cheated on an exam, didn’t submit my assignments on time, got into a fight, didn’t attend classes enough or my grades were too low. I got expelled because my awareness and conscious to the injustice being practiced in Bahrain intimidates them. They expelled me because they failed to trick and fool me, and because they fear the idea of my voice being heard and becoming more effective once I graduate. Little did they know! Now I am STRONGER than ever. Little did they know! Now I KNOW and I am CERTAIN and I am RESILIENT and I am MATURE and I am WISER and I am FULL OF PRIDE.
A lot of people are telling me to be silent and move on. I refuse to be silent because if I do I would be allowing them to do the exact same thing to the next generation… to you my children … it’s not only my responsibility towards myself or towards my fellow expelled students, but it’s also my responsibility towards the next generation. Because I don’t want you live through what happened to me, and I don’t want your legitimate rights to ever get violated only because you chose to stand by what you believe in. For you my future children, I will work my best not to permit the history to ever repeat itself again.
I wish you a life of freedom, happiness, love, dignity and pride
Your future mom ♥
My dearest friends,
As I can see from your posts, personal messages & statuses, all of you are extremely busy and frustrated because of the next assignment. I know and I understand that it’s very devastating to work on one assignment after the other without having some time to rest. But take this from me, one day you will miss writing and continuously looking at the word count just to know how many words are left for you to write in order to reach the assigned word limits : P , you will miss paraphrasing, referencing using the APA style, researching for “credible sources” and you will even miss complaining to each other about it.
I surely do! : )
So please try your best and make the best out of it, enjoy every minute of it while you still can!
If you need any kind of help please DO ask me, I would love to feel like a student again. : )
On the 12th of June, -which is one day before I got expelled from Bahrain Polytechnic- I have nominated myself to become a member of the Bahrain Polytechnic Student Association (BPSA).
Today is the candidates presentations. Its ok that I didn’t get the chance to present my presentation, however I am sad that couldn’t at least be there to support those who got the chance to do so! = (