These days mark the 36th anniversary of the horrific crime committed by the State Security in December 1976 under the supervision of the notorious previous General Directorate of State Security head “Ian Henderson”. A wide campaign of arrests had targeted members of the “Popular Front in Bahrain” and the “Bahraini National Liberation Front” concerning a fabricated plot of assassinating the late Shaikh Abdulla Al Madani, while measures of State Security Law had been imposed since 1975 after the dissolution of parliament.
In a brutal attack against strivers, State Security executioners practiced the most horrific forms of torture, resulting in the martyrdom of Mohamed Ghuloom Buchiri on 2 Dec 1976 and poet Saeed Al Owainati on 12 Dec 1976.
After 36 years of committing the horrific crime, measurements of violence, torture and killing against those calling for real democracy and political reforms still take place. Furthermore, law decree no. 56 for the year 2002 grants them immunity from being prosecuted for their horrific State Security crimes, thus allowing them to repeat their crimes against detainees of following wide movements, including the brutal practices against detainees of the popular movement that took off starting 14 Feb 2011.
This painful anniversary coincides with the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights’ visit to impeach those responsible for breaching human rights in Bahrain. Hence, we re-emphasise the necessity of finding urgent solutions to all pending human rights, political and constitutional matters, initiating an equality and conciliation program and impeaching all executioners who ordered the killing and torture of our people since the “State of National Safety” era until this moment, in public and transparent trials for their committed sins that resulted in the martyrdom of dozens of detainees in torture chambers.
In this memorable occasion, National Democratic Action Society “Waad” and the Democratic Progressive Tribune stress on the following principles and demands:
The necessity of finalizing matters related to torture victims, moral and financial compensation of those tortured and the families of martyrs, as well as an official apology to them. Moreover, the implementation of the BICI recommendations that the King pledged to enforce since 23 Nov 2011, and the recommendations of the International Council for Human Rights that the Bahraini government pledged to enforce. We believe that as the regimes continued neglect of the application of transitional justice will be an obstacle to the country’s development and stability.
The importance of dropping all confessions taken under torture and used arbitrarily in issuing harsh and unfair sentences against huge groups of citizens, dropping all charges against and the immediate release for all prisoners of conscious, including Waad’s Secretary General Mr. Ebrahim Sharif Al Sayed.
We stress again that, in order to reach a solution that can prevent our country from encountering regional and international polarization, the solution to the political and constitutional crisis in the country can only be built on:
A serious dialogue and negotiation with the political opposition parties
Stepping away from the “state safety” mentality that is controlling the country again
Stopping political and sectarian incitement by the state media and its tools
We renew our promise to martyrs Saeed Al Owainati and Mohammed Ghuloom Buchiri and the dozens of martyrs; that the biggest principles which four generations of our people have strived, exiled, jailed, martyred and tortured for, will be ahead of us and that the national struggle for freedom, real democracy and social justice shall continue.
Eternal glory to our martyrs.
- National Democratic Action Society “Waad”
- Democratic Progressive Tribune
5 Dec, 2012