BHRM Warns of Sectarianism and Delayed Dialogue
On 3 March 2011, the BHRM said in a statement that the delay
in the dialogue between the Government and the political parties
could have dangerous consequences. The negative effects are clear
including an increase in sectarianism and sectarian rhetoric, which
threaten the very fabric of Bahraini society.
The BHRM called upon the Government and political parties to
make mutual concessions to speed up the national consensus and find
a way-out of the crisis. The political situation needs to be re-established
through national dialogue that unites all parties on the basis of
equality, justice, and respect for human rights.
The BHRM demanded the investigating committee to speed-up its
work and present its findings through the media, so that both local
and international public opinion is briefed in a transparent and
The President of the BHRM Hasan Shafaei, stressed the right of
citizens to express their opinion peacefully and in a civilized
manner, as long as public and private interests are respected, State
institutions remain undamaged and the human rights and interests
of others are respected. This should be based on a strategy, which
emphasizes the country’s unity and best interests.