|Hasan Moosa Shafaei
A Conference for Human Rights Societies is Needed
Hasan Moosa Shafaei
Bahraini politicians are pragmatic! They have the opportunity
to meet and debate political issues that concern them in the Parliament.
And despite all their differences everyone is keen to be involved
in the political process. The political game imposes on everyone,
including the Government, to show a plausible degree of openness
and cooperation despite the diversity of opinions and positions,
the differences in points of views and approaches and the variety
of ideologies and methods.
The seven youth societies have established their own framework
in which they can discuss their issues and problems. Their last
meeting took place last month. And the various women’s societies
are organized under the umbrella of the Women’s Union and the Supreme
Council for Women.
By contrast, human rights societies are still divided and weakened
by rivalry, clashes, conflicting political positions and priorities.
From this stems the need for an umbrella that includes all human
rights defenders and initiates serious dialogue in periodical conferences
which will ultimately serve all the defenders and improve the human
rights situation to a greater extent.
By holding a national human rights conference, it is possible
for activists to reach a shared vision and evaluation regarding
the entire political as well as the human rights situations and
discuss their common discourse and the best way of dealing with
various subjects. This would lead to the unification of positions
towards specific issues, and thus the formation of significant weight
at the domestic arena, which can be used to influence decision-makers
and legislators, . It would also be possible to benefit from the
conference when proposing a project that aims to inform the community
and activate its role.
During the proposed conference, the activists would be able to
discuss co-operation between their societies and shared concerns
such as training, media, international presence and financing etc.
The conference can also discuss controversial issues, if any, and
minimize competition between societies, and curtail the role of
ideological and political differences, so that does not prevent
agreement on the common issues.
The Bahrain Human Rights Monitor (BHRM) sees the need for dialogue
and holding human rights conferences. BHRM also believes that the
Bahrain Human Rights Society is best placed to take this initiative
forward, removing unnecessary worries and bringing different points
of views and ideologies closer together. This is because the Society
is mature, wise in dealing with problematic issues and an expert
in this field.