Waad Central Committee’s Statement in Solidarity
With Secretary General Ebrahim Sharif
The Central Committee of National Democratic Action Society (Waad) held an extraordinary meeting on 19 July 2014 to discuss the latest developments including the Palestinian crisis, preparations for the seventh Waad General Assembly and the recent developments with the case of detained Secretary General Ebrahim Sharif Al Sayed.
On the Palestinian front, the meeting deliberated on the massacres committed by the Zionist enemy against the Palestinian people, the relentless bombardment of the Gaza Strip with missiles and aircrafts and the launch of a ground offensive. Waad stressed on its unequivocal support of the Palestinian people’s right to legitimate resistance against the Zionist aggression and their use of armed resistance to defeat the enemy and thwart its plans. Waad rejects any initiative that urges the cessation of the retaliation by the Palestinian Resistance forces without meeting their demands and calls for compelling the Zionist entity to respect international treaties and stop the barbaric bombardment of civilians, towns and villages. Waad also reiterates the Palestinian people’s right to an independent democratic Arab state with Jerusalem as its capital, the long overdue liberation of all Palestinian and Arab territories, the right of return for all refugees, the cessation of settlement creation, stopping the Zionizing of Jerusalem and the release of all Palestinian prisoners in Zionist prisons.
The Central Committee also called on the Bahraini people to continue expressing their solidarity with the struggle and resistance of our Arab Palestinian people via all legitimate means, activate more donation campaigns, support martyrs’ families, provide necessary medical supplies to Gaza hospitals and call on the government of Bahrain to reinstate the Israel Boycott Office and halt all normalisation of any kind with this occupying entity.
Additionally, the Central Committee called all on Arab and international people and political parties that believe in freedom and justice to support Palestinian resistance and refrain from ideologising nationalistic stances. All Palestinian forces which continue resistance, whether Islamic or leftist, have to be supported regardless of their dogmatic and ideological affiliations as long as the compass is one and it points to the liberation of Palestine from the brutal Zionist occupation.
In addition, Waad’s Central Committee urged Arab and international public opinion to expose and condemn the Zionist aggression backed by the United States government and other western governments. It also demanded the end of the siege and aggression against Gaza and called on the international community and its institutions to assume its human rights and humanitarian responsibility to stop Zionist arrogance and impunity. Waad also called on Arab regimes to move from weak demoralised stances to serious actions in support of the Palestinian people, including the immediate opening of borders (Rafah crossing), and demanded that Egypt ultimately exercise its long overdue nationalist intervention role.
With regards to the preparations for Waad’s upcoming Seventh General Assembly due to be convened in the last quarter of the year, the Central Committee praised all the efforts exerted in pursuit of the same and commended the recent youth initiatives which aimed to bring fresh perspectives to this organisation, align the forces, increase internal unity and strengthen the shared vision to ensure a successful General Assembly. Waad views this upcoming General Assembly as a crucial political and organisational milestone for performance evaluation and the reiteration of the society’s important stances. Additionally, it will be the forum to confirm commitment to the nationalistic constants and principles, which include the exposure of corruption and its perpetrators, the rejection of sectarianism and discrimination, the reinforcement of the principles of national all-encompassing unity, the fight for equal citizenship devoid of any considerations of lineage, religion, ethnicity or gender and the creation of a society based on justice, equality, freedom and genuine democracy.
The Central Committee finally considered the status of the Secretary General Ebrahim Sharif and confirmed the soundness of all decisions and stances taken by the Political Bureau in his defence. They reiterated that Sharif is unquestionably a prisoner of conscience and the trials to which he was subjected to lacked any substance or proof to support the charges made against him, even when the prosecution file contained more than 1650 pages. Furthermore, the verdicts issued against him were unfair and infringed upon his basic political rights, particularly his right to freedom of peaceful dissent, which prompted the UN Human Rights High Commissioner to brand the trials a travesty and demanded a retrial, particularly seeing as the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) Report has included detailed accounts of the torture and mistreatment that Sharif was subjected to. Additionally, the same Report, which HM the King fully accepted and pledged before international public opinion the government’s commitment to its implementation, and the recommendations of the UN Human Rights Council had confirmed Sharif’s status as a prisoner of conscience and urged his release with the remaining political prisoners. Any attempts by the government to distort this truth and exploit the laws, which pertain to the principles of justice and public liberties for their own perverse and obvious objectives, will not change the irrefutable facts. Accordingly, the Central Committee reiterates that it stands unconditionally and irrevocably with its Secretary General, demands his release, acknowledges his right to public restitution and confirms that all the stances and actions he has been charged with are the embodiment of the principles and stances adopted by Waad.
National Democratic Action Society (Waad)
22 July 2014