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Waad Society considers the decision to dissolve it and closing its headquarters a violation of the authorized political action in Bahrain
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2017-07-03 21:10:56


 

Waad Society considers the decision to dissolve it and closing its headquarters a violation of the authorized political action in Bahrain

Waad affirms its adherence to peaceful action, rejection of violence in all its forms and will approach all levels of litigation

 

The National Democratic Action Society (NDAS, commonly referred to as Waad) considered the decision of the Supreme Civil Court (May 31, 2017) to dissolve Waads Association and liquidate its funds a regrettable decision that leads to aborting the authorized political action in Bahrain and complicates the already complex political scene. The dissolution decision will increase tensions in the country and disrupt any attempt to reform the economic, political, and social conditions, in addition to increasing the existing marginalization and elimination of the other different voices.

 

On May 31, security forces surrounded Waad headquarters in Umm Al Hassam to prevent members and friends from entering a Ramadan gathering and press conference regarding the courts verdict. This comes in the context of unjustified and unfounded security escalation that lacks a legal basis.

Waad said the lawsuit filed by the Minister of Justice and Islamic Affairs against Waad, in which he called for dissolving the association, is not based on legal grounds. Rather, it is a political one and contained a list of unfounded charges. Waad will pursue all degrees of litigation, appeals and discrimination, to defend its legal position.

 

Waad affirmed that it does not need certificates of acquittal to justify its peaceful approach, which it has maintained since its establishment on September 10, 2001, as the first authorized political organization in Bahrain and the Gulf Cooperation Council. Since its inception, Waad stands by political reform and peaceful political action through its literature and documents, especially its statutes and its general program. This is reflected through Waads strenuous efforts to establish the state of law and institutions, the democratization required and the establishment of a modern democratic civil state based on respect for human rights, equal citizenship, social justice and the promotion of public freedoms. Waads stances are in compliance with international treaties signed by the Government of Bahrain, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenants on Civil, Political, Cultural and Economic Rights.

 

Additionally, Waad stressed its continued adherence to defend the interests of citizens regardless of their sectarian and ethnic affiliations, as  Waad  is a cross-sectarian organization that does not differentiate between citizens and believes in equal opportunities and peaceful struggle in order to achieve the legitimate demands of the Bahraini people, stressing its absolute rejection and opposition to the process of marginalization and exclusion of any component of society working in accordance with the frameworks agreed upon.

 

Waad calls for abandoning the monopoly mentality and initiating a community partnership to address the thorny political, economic, social issues and crises that beset our country for more than six years by opening channels of dialogue, cooling security tensions and restoring political freedom.

 

The true implementation of such steps on the ground can move our country from the present state of tension to a wider horizon in dealing with the economic, political and social conditions.

 

 

The National Democratic Action Society " Waad "

 

                                                                                1 June 2017

 
 
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