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National Democratic Action Society (Waad) The Sixth General Conference Final Statement
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2012-11-27 10:19:43


 

National Democratic Action Society (Waad) held its sixthGeneral Conference on 18 and 19 October 2012 under the slogan:

 

Waad’s strength stemming from its internal cohesion

is a step towards boosting the struggle

to achieve the fair and legitimate demands of our people”

 

Day 1: The Opening Ceremony

 

The opening ceremony of the Conference was constituted of a set of statements made by political opposition societies,representatives of the democratic movement, the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions and a common statement representing seventeen Bahraini and Arab youth organisations.

 

The Conference also paid tribute to the families of Waad’smembers who parted during the past two years. The programmecontinued with a statement delivered by the Bahrain Women Union, in addition to a statement by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, whose representative was unable to attend due to the authorities’ refusal to grant visit visas to the Conference’s Arab visiting delegation.

 

The opening ceremony was concluded by reading the statementof Waad’s detained Secretary General Mr. Ebrahim Sharif Al Sayed, who stressed on a number of points including theupholding of the peacefulness of the movement in Bahrain, that all acts of violence are morally unacceptable and that there is no justification for their practice, ultimately noting that the peacefulmeans of struggle should stem from the unwaveringcommitment to the fundamental constants of equal citizenship, social justice and a civil democratic state.

 

Moreover, Sharif reiterated the importance of national unity inits two folds; firstly the unity among the components of the Bahraini nation, which was destroyed as a result of thirty years of official sectarian incitement and discrimination; and secondly,the unity of the opposition and importance of expanding its alliances to include other political societies and forces, stressing the value of bridging the ideas and visions that appear generally similar together, such as personal freedoms and the democratic civil state.

 

Sharif added that he unequivocally believes that the political societies are an integral component of the Bahraini society, and have the right to coordinate and form the necessary alliancesbetween them. Waad wholeheartedly supports conducting more meetings with various political societies to bring views closer, melt the ice and discuss differences in a civil and mutuallyrespectful manner. Accordingly, Waad’s position towards any political component or society is determined by the degree ofproximity of the latter’s attitudes and goals to its own.

 

 

Day 2: Discussions of the Reports and Central Committee Election

 

On Friday 19 October 2012, the Conference commenced its agenda with the attendance of 301 members, representing an increase of 28.5% from the attendance of the Fifth General Conference held in June 2010.

 

Sessions began by announcing the collection of financialcontributions, which eventually exceeded 46k Bahraini Dinars.Consequently, the Conference Office who was assigned the task of leading discussions and debates around the Political, Regulatory and Financial Reports and allowing members topropose and approve amendments was elected.

 

  In an entirely democratic and transparent atmosphere, the Conference commended the stances taken by Waad and its detained Secretary General Mr. Ebrahim Sharif Al Sayed, whilealso criticising certain stances taken by the society’s leadership during the National Safety period.  The criticism concentrated on certain decisions made in a manner which did not complywith the generally accepted internal regulatory mechanisms.Members exercised objective criticism of the governanceframeworks, and the leadership practiced civilised self-criticism, thus enhancing the organisation's internal cohesion.

 

 

Due to the convening of the Conference in a period where thecountry still suffers from the aftermaths of the security solutionimposed by the regime to confront the peaceful popular movement of 14 February since 13 March 2012, the Conferencereiterated that the following points with regards to the currentBahraini political situation remain crucial in resolving this crisis:

 

1. The importance of implementing all the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) Report’srecommendations, including the releaseof all political prisoners, including Secretary General Mr. Ebrahim Sharif Al Sayed.

 

2. Commencing the serious implementation of the United Nations Human Rights Council recommendations and setting an implementation timetable, as a prelude to creating a suitable platform for dialogue and serious negotiation

 

3. The resolution of this excruciating constitutional political crisis ravaging the country for more than twenty monthscan only be accomplished through a full transition to democracy and the relinquishing of exclusive decision-making powers to the people. This will only be possible through dialogue and serious negotiations based on the Manama Document and His Highness the Crown Prince’s initiative.

 

4. Demands of the national opposition societies, including an elected government representing popular will, an elected parliament with full legislative and supervisory powers, fair constituencies translating into a fair electoral system, independent and impartial judiciary and security for all, are equivalent to the demands made by the first generation of activists since the 1930’s as well as the National Union Committee in the 1950’s.  These movements have previously demanded popular participation in political decision-making, and accordingly, these age-old demands represent all sects and components of the people ofBahrain.

 

5. The importance of maintaining the unity of political opposition societies and opening the door to rally as muchsupport as possible amongst Bahraini political forcespromoting the just demands of the popular movement in Bahrain.

 

The Conference further discussed the GCC and Arab worldcurrent events. It stressed that the winds of change promulgated by the Arab Spring, endowed with the success of both the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions, had spread their effects to the GCC countries that suffer from lack of freedom and democracy. They stressed that the Gulf Union proposal, to be based on democratic principles, requires full openness betweenthe regions’ nations, including the cessation of human rights violations and allowing public and private freedoms based on the civilised principle of "the people are the source of allauthority”.

 

With respect to the Arab world, the Conference renewed itssupport of the Arab nation in its struggle for freedom and establishment of democratic regimes that achieve the desired political, economic and social progress, and saluted the struggles of Arabs in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria and other Arab countries.

 

Regarding the Palestinian case, the Conference specifically renewed its support of the Palestinian people, expressing support of their struggle towards liberation and establishment of a Palestinian state on the entire Palestinian territory, with Jerusalem as its capital. It stressed the need to restore unity among the Palestinian revolution parties and discarding differences, especially between Fatah and Hamas, and called Arab states to apply all means of pressure on the Zionist state to lift the unjust siege on the Gaza strip and to halt normalisationpolicies with the enemy.

 

The Conference concluded with the election of 25 members (out of 32 candidates running for the posts) who shall constitute the new half of the society’s Central Committee.

 

 

19 October 2012

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

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