Waad Boycotts National Dialogue Session
And Considers Minister of Justice’s Decision an Undermining Step
to Bahrain’s Political Activity
National Democratic Action Society "Waad" completely rejects the decision by Minister of Justice and Islamic Affairs and Endowments to restrict the political societies’ activities with regards to contacting diplomatic missions, consulates, foreign organizations, institutions, governments or representatives of foreign governments or others.
Based on amended resolution No. 4 for the year 2005 on the rules of political communication with foreign political parties and organizations, Waad considers the decision a flagrant violation of the provisions of the Constitution and the political societies’ law for the following reasons:
1) The political societies law did not give the right to the Minister of Justice to restrict societies to contact diplomatic missions, consulates, foreign organizations, institutions, governments or representatives of foreign governments or others; as confined by Article (20) of the jurisdiction, the Minister of Justice is only to set the governing rules for political societies’ communication with foreign parties and organizations .
2) The existence of a diplomatic representation of any state or organization on the territories of the Kingdom of Bahrain, accepts communication to be legal with this diplomatic representation; making this communication a political right that may not be regulated except by a law or under a law and provided it does not prejudice the substance of this right in as stipulated by Article 31 of the Constitution.
3) The fact that the Minister of Justice amended Resolution No. (4) for the year 2005 has come faulted defect of jurisdiction, taking over the rights the legislative authorities to issue laws and regulate rights as set by the Constitution. Moreover, considering foreign missions and consulates in the country within the ranks of political parties and organizations is as a corrupt measure and a clear violation of diplomatic norms.
Waad strongly believes that the crisis in Bahrain is a political and constitutional one, of which solution to is a serious, completely Bahraini, negotiation between the disputing parties. As Waad has repeatedly confirmed- most recently during the National Dialogue together with the national democratic parties- it refuses to bet on the regional and international situation, which some have tried to impose on the opposition parties.
Waad insists on the need to respect the legal independence of political societies and not to convert them to public servants of the Ministry of Justice or any other institution as a cartoon accessory utilized by the authorities in front of the international community; while in the meantime continuing to restrict freedoms in an attempt to escape political obligations on the road to real democratic transition towards a constitutional monarchy along the lines of matured democracies and as heralded by the National Action Charter.
As an active political Bahraini society, Waad considers this resolution a flagrant assault against the freedom of political action in Bahrain, and an explicit disregard of all international conventions and treaties that are internationally part of the political action system. Waad also considers the decision by the Minister of Justice a new step on the road to attack political action in Bahrain, not to mention the elimination of what’s left from a civil state through the persistence of a state security extending its control over all aspects of political, economic and social life.
The authorities’ actions, ranging from suppression of freedoms, raiding houses and continued arrests for thirty months, confirm that the authorities persist in deploying sterile security solutions. These actions reflect the authorities’ lack of belief in the Dialogue that it intends as a public relation campaign on which it spends millions of Dinars from public funds to beautify an image that is no longer hidden from the world.
Accordingly, Waad has decided to boycott the National Dialogue session , which was scheduled for Wednesday, 4 Sep 2013, in protest against the decision of the Minister of Justice and Islamic Affairs and Endowments , which came to question the national affiliation of the political opposition and their societies. Waad pointed out that the continuation of the crackdown on political activity is part of the continuing violations against human rights, putting the stance towards National Dialogue in front of open options.