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Statement of the Political Bureau of the National Democratic Action Society (WAAD)
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2013-10-11 12:55:57


Statement of the Political Bureau

of the National Democratic Action Society (WAAD)

 

  WAAD political office held its regular routine meeting onMonday October 7 , 2013, where it discussed a number of local issues related to the political and constitutional crisis plaguing the country since the fourteenth of February 2011.  In addition, it discussed the regional situation and its implications onBahrain, as well as WAAD regulatory matters. At the beginningof the meeting WAAD political bureau sent its congratulations and blessings for the people of Bahrain on the occasion of the advent of Eid al-Adha, wishing that goodness, civil peace and social stability would prevail and throughout our belovedcountry.

 

 

It also congratulated teachers on the International Day forTeachers and called on the Ministry of Education to stop sanctions against them based on their positions and peacefulpolitical views. WAAD Political Bureau stressed the need to begin improving teachers’ living conditions, including establishing an educational learning process that is able to keep up with changing times and development demands.   First: on the Human Rights Front   WAAD is concerned about the increase of the flagrant violations against citizens including: raids, harassment, sieging areas and arrests, mostly without warrants. In addition to theongoing systematic torture which confirms the findings of theBahraini fact-finding report raised two years ago, as well as hundreds of politicized sentences issued against political prisoners and human rights activists .These sentences suffer from lack of compliance with legal regulations, including refraining from taking claims of torture claimed by the detainees and their lawyers. The continuation of this situation further complicates the political, sectarian crisis and tension in the country.

 

WAAD demands the authority to stop escaping fromimplementing its international obligations, especially stoptrying to evade the implementation of the recommendations of the Bahraini fact-finding commission and also the Genevarecommendations.  The previously mentioned recommendations are related to stop collective punishment, and the practice of violations of human rights and sectarian and religious discrimination which have reached levels not seen in the modern history of Bahrain.

The Political Bureau urges the government to listen to the voice of the people, to the demands of international human rights organizations and the calls of various countries of the world to stop escaping forward using public relations firms, local andinternational, which failed to distort the grim reality of the situation faced by the Bahraini people.

 

  Second: In the Trade union and Labor Front

 

 

WAAD Political Bureau condemns the rejection of the government of signing the tripartite agreement: the government, the private sector and workers on final processing of ending the sacked workers file, which was supposed to be signed on October 7, 2013 under the supervision of the International Labour Organization. Waad warned the government to continue to tarnish the image of the country in international forums over the persistence of lack of respect for international conventions and lack of respect for its obligations to the internationalcommunity. This had previously embarked upon the authorities when they refused more than once the UN Special Rapporteurof torture and degrading treatment , Mr. Juan Mendez’s visit, to verify the claims of torture filed by political detainees , including Secretary General of WAAD Mr. Ibrahim Sharif . The Political Bureau stressed that the government continues to flagrantly violate ILO standards and social dialogue fudging of the tripartite agreement after it entered into a supplementary agreement with the organization in the month of March 2012.   The Political Bureau considers government's retreat from signing the Supplementary Tripartite Agreement harmful to thereputation of Bahrain in international forums after it called the International Labour Organization (ILO) only to surprise it bynot signing the agreement, at a formal meeting attended by thethree partners of production as well as a large delegation fromthe International Labour Organization (ILO). On the other handthe Bahrain Trade Unions committed itself, announced its emphasis on trilateral cooperation and extending its hands forinternal solutions, real social dialogue and signed the saidagreement. The Ministry of Labour though (represented by the government), surprisingly did not sign for reasons that did notconvince anyone of the two communities.

 

The Political Bureau considers government’s rejection ofsigning the Supplementary agreement as a reflection of itsinsistence on the continuation of violations, policy of unfairdismissal, and sectarian discrimination. This also shows the continuation of violating the principles of rights and freedoms of association and paralyzing union’s mobility.

It also considered this deliberate decline an apparentconfirmation of lack of respect for the provisions of the Convention ( 111 ) on discrimination in employment and occupation which was signed by the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain . Also WAAD considered it a continuationof practicing violations and abuses against Bahraini labor in both public and private sectors, targeting a broad category of workers, as well as being an indication of a serious insistence of the government on the process of unfair dismissal that isrejected at all levels.

Third: the regime’s escape from a serious dialogue

 

  WAAD Political Bureau affirms that the suspension of National Democratic opposition forces their participation in national dialogue sessions stems from the keenness of WAAD and other opposition associations on the need to create healthy climates to begin a serious and meaningful dialogue that will lead to resultswhich reflect positively on all components of the Bahrainipeople.

 

The dialogue sessions that began in February 2013 did not live up to the minimum requirements for the success of thedialogue, especially in the absence of seriousness on the part ofgovernment that imposed a disproportionate representationamong the parties. The government rejected all proposals made by the opposition, practiced the process of time cutting in order not to reach results to lift our country from the crisis.

This has negatively affected the economic reality that is getting worse in performance and highlighted in turn headlines on thisperformance, given the decline and collapse of the state administrative apparatus due to the policy of discrimination and unfair dismissal. The public debt of the state has doubled to touch five billion Bahraini dinars (more than U.S. $ 13 billion), and the unemployment rate increased to unprecedented levels,despite government opacity. Local and foreign investments flew the country, especially in the financial sector and insurance. 

WAAD pointed out that the policy of escaping forward has proven a failure, including media leaks about the attempts of normalization with the Zionist entity, together with some Gulfcapitals. The Bahraini people and all its social segments rejectall types of normalization and alliances with the Zionist entitywhich exercises worst kinds of genocide against the Palestinian people , confiscation of their land , killing and detaining theiryouth , seeking to establish a Jewish state and expellingPalestinians from occupied territories in 1948.

 

The Political Bureau stressed the need of the regime to reviewits choices and stop reliance on the security solution that led our country to these serious repercussions on the people and thecountry’s future. A bold initiative is needed to create abreakthrough both in security and political process bybeginning the release of prisoners of conscience, in the forefront school and university students, and the recognition of the existence of a crisis afflicting the country. This crisis can be solved only through serious dialogue with the national democratic opposition forces, in order to lift our country out of the crisis and keep it away from the repercussions of the turmoil in the regional arena.

 

Political Bureau

National Democratic Action Society

8th of October 2013

 
 
 
 
 

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