It is with great sadness and shock that the National Democratic Movement Forces received the news of the execution of the 3 men in Bahrain: Sami Al-Mushaima, Abbas Al-Samea, and Ali Al-Singais. We share this grief with many human rights organizations, civil societies, and the people of Bahrain.
Many calls to reconsider the sentences were voiced in order to avoid negative repercussions, protect human rights, and curb further political and sectarian tensions. The repercussions of the execution include encouraging sectarian polarization which harms national unity and coexistence between members of the Bahraini society.
The repercussions of the execution are clearly exemplified through the reaction to this news, which is condemned not only locally, but also globally by international human rights organizations. Executing the men is contrary to Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights on the abolition of the death penalty as well as the recommendation to commute the death sentences for murder by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry, headed by Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni.
The implementation of the death sentences came at a time when Bahrain needed to launch a brave initiative to turn a page on the deep political crisis plaguing the country since 2011. It comes at a time where an initiative for an open genuine dialogue to reach clear consensus between the opposition forces and the state is required, and to put an end on further security presence. Bahrain’s history has proven that without such initiative, we will continue to enter into further obstruction and aggravation instead of treating the root causes and avoiding their occurrence in the future.
The National Democratic Opposition Forces stand by the peaceful path of political resistance in order to achieve true political reform in the country and we have continued to condemn violence in all forms, either through individual or collective statements. We reaffirm our commitment to peaceful means, and warn against being drawn into violence, in order to protect our nation and our people from the dangers and risks of slipping into violence.
As our people go through difficult circumstances today, we are in dire need of refusing and fighting all forms of sectarian lobbying, incitement of revenge and retaliation, and disrupting national unity. We need to hold on to our national unity and consensus and deal with the current crisis wisely and rationally. In order to achieve this, there is a pressing need for the state to accept the logic of dialogue and reconciliation, and to avoid any security escalations in all forms - security escalations which have proven useless throughout the past 6 years and has only caused further dangerous repercussions. We also call for a return to the principles of the majority voted National Action Charter, which cites the transition towards a mature democracy, which adhere to key human rights principles. These principles include respecting human rights and dignity, right to human life, and abolishing the death penalty, as well as building a decent life based on the foundation of equality, justice, and a democratic civil state.
The National Democratic Movement Forces,
Nationalist Democratic Assembly Society (Al Qawmi)
Progressive Democratic Tribune (Al Minbar)
National Democratic Action Society (WAAD)
Manama, January 16, 2017