Today marks the sixth anniversary of the monumental people’s movement of February 14th, 2011. On this day six years ago, a vast majority of protesters gathered to demand the long awaited democratic transformation, and a Constitutional Monarchy, as referred to in the 2001 National Action Charter.
After six years of this monumental movement, which was faced with suppression and persistent violations of human rights, the crisis is still ongoing. As has been documented by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) and other Human Rights groups, the days of martial law were the cruelest, however, the situation is still far from being resolved in any aspect.
A vast spectrum of the people of Bahrain remain persistent in their stance and demands, which we as opposition have put forth in our documents and stated positions, in hopes of finding a solution that spares the country from unnecessary repercussions or regional spill-overs.
As the societies of the democratic movement, we reaffirm our commitment to continuing our path of peaceful struggle as a strategic choice, in order to find an inclusive national solution. Our purpose is to salvage the country from this stifled situation, and avoid further conflict and violence, in order to establish a solid basis for democratic transformation. We envision a democracy that ensures real popular participation in policy-making, preservation of national wealth from waste and corruption, and embarking on sustainable development. We need a roadmap that respects Human Rights which commits to executing the recommendations of the UN Human Rights Council and the BICI.
In order for there to be any real political progress, the government should abandon its security strategy, free all political prisoners, end the practice of revoking citizenships, and transparently investigate all cases of torture and death, so that justice may be achieved.
Political societies of the National Democratic Movement
Nationalist Democratic Assembly Society (Al Qawmi)
Progressive Democratic Tribune (Al Minbar)
National Democratic Action Society (WAAD)
Manama, Monday February 14th, 2017.