News in Brief
- In commemoration of democracy day, the National Assembly
issued a statement in which it stressed ‘the necessity of enforcing
democracy’ and stated that ‘the Democracy in Bahrain needs to
be linked to education. This is in addition to creating a common
culture which promotes relations between the various segments
of society.’ The statement added that ‘the steps that were taken
by Bahrain in order to develop its democratic experience and
expand its political participation were aimed at giving the
opportunity for all national talents to participate in building
the country. As well as enforcing the foundations of this new
democracy and respecting the basic freedoms and citizen’s rights’.
- The president of the coordinating committee for political
societies, Radwan Al Moosa, stressed the need of official financial
support for political societies. He added that one of the most
important roles of the State is to support civil society institutions
in order to achieve political development. However, whenever
political societies are dependent on State support, undoubtedly,
they become less independent. However, during the early period
of political development, societies need financial support in
order for democracy and democratic mechanisms to take root.
(Al Watan 22nd September 2009)
- The total number of domestic violence cases that have been
received by the National Centre for Supporting Civil Society
Institutions, since its establishment in 2007, is 369 involving
women with their children. 177 cases of which were received
during 2008 and a further 122 cases up until this September,
which gives us, on average, 14 cases per month.
- The president of Al Wifaq Society Shiekh Ali Salman criticized
all forms of discrimination in society and has explained its
negative effects on both society and the State. He pointed to
the fact that discrimination weakens competitiveness, decreases
productivity and creativity. He also said that sectarian, religious
and ethnic discrimination produces hatred in society.
- Al Hiwar Society suggested that the age of eligible voters
be reduced from 20 to 19. This will make Bahrain a pioneer in
this respect and will contribute greatly in increasing the number
of eligible voters in decision making.
- During a seminar organized by the Bahraini Institute for
Political Development, Dr. Baqir Al Najjar, lecturer in social
science, said that political manipulation of religious discourse
is a challenge facing the democratization process. He believes
that diversity does not impede democratization and that the
nature of any political system, as well as free press and an
open educational system all play a major role in the formation
of a democratic culture.