Political Societies: Consensus to Condemn Violence
On 16 August 2010, six political societies expressed their concern
over the recent security developments. They affirmed that the detainees
have the right to be released immediately or have a fair and un-politicised
trial according to Article 20 (C) of the Constitution, which reads:
‘the accused is innocent until proven guilty in a legal trial at
which he has had all the guarantees necessary for the exercise of
the right to defence in all phases of the investigation and trial
in accordance with the law’. The societies also rejected all acts
of violence, arson and vandalism of public and private properties.
However, at the same time; they rejected the excessive use of force
by the security forces.
These political societies include: the National Democratic Action
Society, Waad, the Islamic Action, Amal, the National Brotherhood
Society, Al-Wefaq and the National Democratic Assembly.
Al-Wefaq and the National Democratic Assembly also rejected the
sectarianisation of political and human rights issues as this can
push the country to more political and security tension and threaten
the civil peace and the security of the society. The societies also
stressed in the statement their belief in civilised political dialogue
between all political and social parties including official bodies.
This is because dialogue is a meeting point and that understanding
the requirements of the various parties can help diffuse any political
or security tension.
The National Islamic Forum stressed the necessity of implementing
the law without any hesitation. It also pointed to the fact that
Bahrain enjoys a wide and unprecedented margin of freedom and is
ahead of many counties in the region. Each citizen is able to express
his opinion openly through the press or through their MPs in the
House of Representatives. Therefore, there is no justification for
breaching the law and using violence.