Workshop on "Citizenship"
The Bahrain Society for Human Rights organized a workshop on
'Citizenship and Human Rights' On 28-30 December 2008. The workshop
witnessed a considerable participation from human rights activists
including Haythem Al Manaa, Majdi Abu Ghazala and Suaad Al Qudsi.
Mr. Manaa discussed the emergence of the concept of citizenship
and its evolution through the ages since the Roman. He then explained
the Islamic view on the subject and its privileging of mankind,
highlighting the relationship between the concept of citizenship,
religious ideology in Arab history and the practical formation of
the authority. According to Manaa, this has confined the idea of
citizenship to relativity and ambiguity, isolated from both religious
and man-made texts.
In their joint paper, Abu Ghazala and Al Qudsi discussed aspects
related to human rights and legal equality, as well as the relationship
between citizenship, social and political issues and political participation.
Finally, they discussed the issue of national belonging and the
links formed on the basis of the moral.