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Statement from Waad’s Political Bureau Regarding Political Developments
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2013-06-02 22:51:41


 

The Political Bureau of the National Democratic Action Society (Waad) held its periodic meeting on Monday, 20 May 2013, discussing several local issues and the effect of several regional issues on Bahrain.

At the beginning of the meeting, the Bureau offered its warmest condolences to the political activist and prisoner of conscience Mr. Abdulwahab Hussain Ismail for the death of his mother, may she rest in peace, and to the family of Ismail. The Bureaualso welcomed the authority’s decision to allow Mr. Hussain to attend the funeral of his mother, especially after unwarranted delay, recognizing that his attendance is a political and human right that the law, the constitution and relevant international conventions guarantee.

The meeting also discussed the marking of the 40th day since the death of political activist Mohammed Jaber Subah Siyadi, praising the cooperation between the National Democratic Action Society (Waad) and the Democratic Progressive Tribune Society for this event, which translated into a properorganization that is suitable for the status of this nationalactivist.

The Political Bureau also discussed several important internal-organization issues and emphasized the importance of finding ways to utilize the talent that exists within Waad. It reiterated as well the importance of the unity of the political opposition in Bahrain and holding on to national values, on top of which are national unity, the demands for freedom, democracy and social justice, and the establishment of a modern civil state that is based on equal citizenship and the respect of human rights in line with international conventions.

 

First: The Security Situation

The meeting discussed in length the security situation in Bahrain that continues to invoke much distress and tension. It discussed the constant return to security tactics, and the continuousviolations of human rights seen through continued arrests, especially of school and university students in this period of final exams, in addition to the blockage of areas in Bahrain, the setup of checkpoints and security barricades and the break in of homes as was seen on the house of Sheikh Isa Qassim where the security forces broke in during the early morning hours and searched it without a warrant. Such actions increased the anger and frustration on the street, and are utterly rejected on all religious, national and human grounds. Waad also rejects international threat statements as those uttered by the Iranian foreign minister, considering them an interference withBahrain’s internal issues, just as it has rejected before it all previous provocative statements that call into question Bahrain’s Arabic identity and the unacceptable allegations that it belongs to Iran.

The Political Bureau of Waad also demanded that the authority implements the promises it made to the whole world, includingthe Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) recommendations, and the 176 recommendations of the UN Human Rights Council held in Geneva on the 22 May 2012, more than a year ago. The Bureau reminds the authority that on top of these recommendations was the release of all prisoners of conscience, including the political and human rights leaders and hundreds of prisoners that are still in jail, holding accountable all those who violated human rights in decisions and actions, including torture and the torture that led to the death of many inside prisons, and extra-judicial killings, in addition toreforming the judicial system and public prosecution in Bahrain to the standards that are internationally acceptable, particularly those regarding the independence and impartiality of all judicialpractices.

The Bureau warned against the attempt to bypass the implementation of these recommendations, and escape the process of accountability and responsibility. It sees that there is a serious system of continued none accountability and nonepunishment for human rights violators within the regime, amid continued torture practices, highlighted by the authority’s refusal to welcome the United Nation’s Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez, into Bahrain. This implies continued deliberate torture practices as were documented by the BICI report.

The meeting also discussed the arrest of Bahraini citizen Salah Al-Yafei by the United Arab Emirates authorities a few weeks ago, calling for his immediate release or the implementation of his right to a fair trial, including the rights to an attorney. TheBureau calls on the Bahraini Ministry of Foreign Affairs to take the proper actions to guarantee his release.

 

Second: A Faltering National Dialogue

The Bureau discussed the faltering of the National Dialogue since its launch on 10 February 2013. It holds the regime and its supporters accountable for this faltering. The national democratic political opposition that is participating in the dialogue has shown outmost seriousness for the dialogue and its success, providing several clear suggestions on points of discussion and the way forward, taking from general human experiences and the experiences of other countries that saw political and constitutional conflict and negotiated their way to a solution. This participating opposition has called for the seriousness of the regime and its commitment to the dialogue, and demanded that it abandons its policy and tactics of wasting time that would only harm the country further, economically, politically and socially, not to mention widen the sectarian fissure among the people of Bahrain. The regime seems to continuously use these tactics. Its supporters on the dialogue table have refused all the suggestions that the political opposition had offered – in a way pushing for the opposition’swithdrawal from the dialogue.

The Political Bureau holds the regime accountable for any failure that the dialogue could reach, and holds it accountable to the fact that this dialogue could turn into an unserious discussion that results in no crucial solutions, as was seen in the July 2011 dialogue, which failed to reap any success in solving the constitutional and political crisis in Bahrain, evident simply inthe continuance of the crisis to this day.

 

Third: National Unity

The Political Bureau of Waad also discussed the issue of national unity, emphasizing the importance of keeping it intact by everyone, for even though the political crisis has left many wounds, national unity remains a crucial issue and the most important building block of Bahrain’s progress for all its societal components. Preserving national unity comes through ceasing sectarian discrimination that is now engraved within the state’s institutions and ceasing the marginalization tactics of a large component of society and its citizens, as seen through the alienation of many employees and professionals by their employers and the now more evident system of employment based on tribal or sectarian loyalties instead of professional qualifications and skills. The meeting emphasized that all those who love Bahrain must work to prevent our country from falling into the sectarian trap, which the official state media and its followers often provoke in order to implement their ownpersonal agendas. We must all be cautious of the policies that increase tension and divide among our people. We must also work to separate our country from regional conflicts that warn of dramatic consequences. We can achieve this through equal citizenship and the launch of the process of social justice, as well as resolving grave social and living standard issues such ashousing issues, general low wages, unemployment and the falling of health and education standards.

 

Fourth: The Regional Situation

The meeting discussed the latest developments of the region,particularly those countries that seem to be slipping further intocivil war and conflict after a period of heightening political and sectarian conflict, as is seen in Iraq and its berserk series of explosions, the price of which is paid only by the common citizen. The Political Bureau deems it necessary that all political parties and various components of society work on solving the conflict using peaceful methods, rejecting violence in all its forms and sources. The meeting also emphasized the importance of isolating the Palestinian refugee camps from the conflict in Syria, where hundreds of Palestinians were killed or wounded in the midst of a bloody and destructive war in the country, which aims at eliminating the country from the political equation of the region.  

 

Political Bureau

National Democratic Action Society “Waad

22 May 2013

 
 
 
 
 

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