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Statement of the Central Committee in National Democratic Action Society (Waad)
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2013-08-17 17:07:44




 

  The Central Committee in Waad ended a series of meetings on Monday, the 12th of August, 2013.  Those meetings discussed various local, GCC and Arab political and economic issues in addition to proposed amendments to the Political Bureau’s internal regulations.

 

 

The Central Committee reiterated the following stances:

 

Firstly:  The Government of Bahrain must formally recognise 14 August as the day it gainedits independence from the British protected state, celebrating it officially nationwide.  The British memorandum signed on 15 August, 1971 by the Political Resident, Mr. GeoffreyArthur, stipulated the termination of the special relation treaties between the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland with immediate effect, thereby granting Bahrain full sovereignty and independence.  Bahrain’s independence was further solidified with the promulgation of itscontractual constitution in December 1973.  Therefore, celebrating this momentous occasion comes in recognition of the culmination of our ancestors’ struggles and sacrifices towards achieving independence from colonialism.

 

Secondly:  The Government of Bahrain must comply and remain fully committed to the universal codes of human rights that it has ratified.  It must also ensure full and faithful implementation of the principles of freedom of expression, assembly and protest and allow such rights to be exercised at any day of the year and at all cities and villages, including the capital.  Additionally, the Government must also comply with and safeguard the essential constitutional rights of all citizens.

 

Thirdly:  Waad confirms the legitimacy and justness of the people’s demand for a civil democratic state embodying the genuine essence of a constitutional monarchy as stipulated in the National Action Charter.  Furthermore, Waad also believes that nationalistic principles contained in the Manama Document are the optimum way forward on the roadmap to establishing a society built on truth, justice, equality, democracy, political stability and civil peace.

 

Fourthly:  Waad believes that demanding legitimate rights must be accomplished via peaceful means and confirms the principles stated in the Declaration of Non-Violence issued by the opposition societies.  Waad categorically rejects all forms of violence, vandalism and destruction of public and private property, which are inconsistent with the spirit and word of the National Action Charter, and such rejection applies regardless of the party guilty of such deplorable actions.  All components of society must strive towards genuine political reform which includes the promulgation of a contractual constitution which guarantees the basic humanitarian principles, safeguards human rights and dignity, embodies the principle that people are the source of all powers through the existence of an elected impartial legislative authority with full powers, independent and fair judiciary and an executive authority representative of people’s will fully accountable to the legislative council.  Additionally, in order to achieve effective and full representation, the legal framework must be set for the establishment of fair electoral districts.

 

Fifthly:  Waad distinguishes between peaceful calls issued via social media outlets to participate in 14 August activities on one hand and calls of violence on the other.  It believes that calling for civilised and peaceful protests is a legitimate right guaranteed by theconstitution.  Accordingly, Waad categorically rejects all calls for violence, including the formation of civilian militias which will increase political and sectarian tensions and threaten civil peace, as those calls and actions clearly oppose Waad’s core principles, goals and codes of conduct. It also rejects all attacks and crackdowns on peaceful demonstrations or gatherings and demands that the authorities abide by the conventions relating to human, civil and political rights.

 

Sixthly: Our country has witnessed an escalation of the authority’s security, political and legislative attacks, in feverish pursuit of eliminating whatever remains of public freedom; criminalising peaceful political action, freedom of expression and freedom of assembly; revoking citizenships, banning citizens from travel out of or return to Bahrain, raiding houses, arresting journalists, bloggers, photographers, not to mention the continuance of torture. Both the executive and legislative branches of government are involved in this strategy, which only depresses any attempt at pulling the country out of its crisis. Resolving the crisis necessitates that the authority withdraws its previous actions, including the recent decrees that limit public freedom, and requires that it takes the proper steps towards normalising the situation and launching a genuine, serious and comprehensive dialogue that meets the aspiration the people of Bahrain towards a democratic constitutional monarchy.

 

Seventhly: Waad reaffirms that the crisis our country is undergoing is a political and rights crisis, and that the security solutions and repeated violations against the people’s dignity and human rights will not resolve it, but instead aggravate it and increase sectarian tensions. Therefore, Waad demands that the government immediately ceases its security measures and its repressive practices, and instead begin implementing the political reform mentioned above, with proper execution of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry and UN Human Rights Council recommendations – on top of which are the release of political prisoners including Ebrahim Sharif, the General Secretary of Waad, holding all human rights violators accountable, and implementing the principles of transitional justice.

 

Eighthly: Waad demands that the government and the media stop broadcasting hate-filled messages, stop the exercise of slander and treason threats against a large segment of thesociety, and cease discrimination practices against them. Waad emphasises the importance of passing legislation that criminalises discrimination and promotes national cohesion through the implementation of real “equal citizenship”  - which is our only path towards national unity and the establishment of a state based on law and institutions through an elective legislative body.

 

 

The National Democratic Action Society “Waad”

13 August 2013

 

 
 
 
 
 

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