Continuing Reforms is a Necessity
We hope that all political parties in Bahrain revise their positions
and learn from their past mistakes. The consequences of past political
decision should be studied carefully and their long-term effects
The hasty and emotional decisions by all political parties during
the recent tense political atmosphere show the lack of a clear
vision. Unfortunately, the situation has not improved in order to
make rational decisions and re-assessment, which is the starting
point for any improvement.
The current situation in Bahrain needs deep political understanding,
because any hasty and immature analysis will lead to more mistakes
and instability. For example, some people wrongly believe that democratic
reforms were the reasons behind the instability. A deeper look will
show quite the opposite, the absence of reform, and the failure
to implement the law was the real reason behind the rebellion.
The idea that reforms will only lead to more instability is wrong.
The accomplishments in the last ten years in the political, social,
economic and civil rights should be protected. These achievements
were as a result of a joint effort by all Bahrainis, including the
Government, Parliament, elites and ordinary citizens. Democracy
and respecting human rights are essential for Bahrain’s development
and stability. These principles should be followed regardless of
the circumstances. We should strike a balance between preserving
security and developing reforms, as the King had suggested.
The leadership understands the importance of the reform and freedom
of expression as one of the main pillars for development. On World
Press Freedom Day, the King stressed that press and media freedoms
represent the heart of reforms in the context of political, cultural
and intellectual diversity. He said that freedom of expression is
the foundation of democratic development, a fundamental human right
and an active partner in achieving stability and safe guarding the
country. The King reassured the journalists inside the Kingdom that
their freedoms will be protected and their constitutional rights
guaranteed. He added that any peaceful and civilized expression
will not be harmed. He demanded the press to cover national issues
with professionalism, objectivity and far from sectarianism. They
should raise cultural awareness, promote national identity and protect
the Arab and Islamic identity of citizens.
These principles should be followed because they will guarantee
security, the stability and the development of Bahrain. Also, they
are important for maintaining the dignity, freedom and participation
of citizens in building the country.