Considered Renewing His Detention an Unwarranted Political Escalation
1. Waad Demands the Immediate Release of Ebrahim Sharif
The National Democratic Action Society (Waad) followed with great concern the decision of the Public Prosecution to renew the detention of national leader Ebrahim Sharif Al-Sayed for an additional period of 15 days. This comes in preparation of his trial that is based on charges relating to his rights of freedom of opinion and freedom of expression – the same rights that are guaranteed by the Bahraini constitution, the National Action Charter, and all the international agreements, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that Bahrain had ratified, as well as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Waad considers the extension of Sharif’s detention an unjustifiable step that only escalates the political situation.
Sharif’s detention comes at a time of a wide-spread gag on freedom of expression and a monopoly of public opinion, particularly when all of Sharif’s statements fell within the framework of this freedom of expression and opinion. Sharif expressed his views in a civil and peaceful manner, being the proponent of peace and reform that he has always been. His expression came within the stipulations of the National Action Charter that had promised the establishment of a constitutional democracy like that of other reputable democracies. His demands are the very same demands for which Waad and all other national democratic and opposition powers have been fighting for.
Waad demands the immediate release of the national leader Ebrahim Sharif and demands that the trial under investigation by the Public Prosecution be stricken-off. We demand the commencement of a political reconciliation process by releasing all prisoners of opinion and prisoners of conscience, a step that is necessary given the country’s current critical situation and explosive regional ramifications all around us. Such a step would prepare the country for a wider political openness that would culminate in a national and comprehensive dialogue benefiting the entire Kingdom and all of its components.
The National Democratic Action Society (WAAD)
July 28, 2015