Al Wefaq: Justice Minister used threatening language

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Published in Bahrain
Friday, 12 October 2012


al wafaq newAl-Wefaq stated that the minister of justice is responsible for any coming violations against the opposition and its forces, and that the recent statements made by the minister to the press media were full of threat and intimidation and the Bahraini people are well-aware of repeatedly used

Al-Wefaq is surprised by the Minister's threat to punish clerics who freely express their opinion in Friday sermons, while he praise those clerics who incite hatred among Bahrainis and publicly assault a whole sect and accuse them of treason. What is more, such statement is made by a minister who is supposed to pay more appreciation and respect to the law and justice. The justice minister has no right to prevent clerics from practicing their job, especially by force. However, according to the Bahraini law, the Minister can be punished when he uses force.
Al-Wefaq stated that what is known in law that the forcing power cannot be exploited by the executive power unless the later permits it to use, but the minister who is responsible for justice and law in a country that lacks justice and law, this minister gave himself all kinds of powers that give him the right to demolish mosques and ban the people from praying in them, acts that he might consider pro-Islamic, while bringing those who committed violations is considered an anti-Islamic act.

Al-Wefaq said, surprisingly, clerics are threatened because they did not sign a document issued by parties that share the same ideology of the minister. That was so clear in his statement when he ironically stated that the societies are creating frustration among citizens while it is so obvious that frustration is created by the regime. Discrimination, that is reaching all the country's corners, is an extreme example of the frustration created by the regime until it has taken the form of oppression which is considered a crime against humanity practiced in day light that makes the authority refuse to sign Rome statute for international criminal court which strongly believes that justice will bring those who perpetrated such oppression. Moreover, citizens still can not get the job that they spent years studying for; their jobs are instead given to foreigners in the Ministry of Education. Outstanding secondary school fresh graduates can not get a scholarship despite scoring high results. Skillful workers are dismissed from their work, wives are deprived from getting any promotions in their work and are being humiliated at their work places at the ministry of health. Who is causing frustration among the people of Bahrain??? Does the Ministry of Justice still believe that such a family still has hope??

Al-Wefaq concluded by reminding the justice minister of his announcement when he said that 'Manama Document' can be discussed and it is not a treason to the homeland, and if he thinks that it is impossible to impose any agreements on the people, then the opposition does agree with him and it is impossible to impose any document or certain constitutional amendments and the people must be referred to in such decisions. It stated that the opposition presented the Manama Document to be implemented through a popular referendum based of equality and citizenship and the people of Bahrain has all the rights to accept it or reject it. However, does the minister approve of such procedure to take place for all documents and constitutional amendments to let the people say their final word instead of abducting citizen's opinions and promoting amendments that have not satisfied the people because they were not made by a democratic mechanism that should lead to a democratic transition?
Al-Wefaq in its statement, invited the minister to publicly declare his opinion of having a referendum to show the political majority rather than controlling the local media and bashing the opposition through it.
Al-Wefaq said, "let the Minister remember that in the oasis of human rights, oasis of the freedom of expression and the freedom of press media, the opposition has no right to show up in the state media and it is verbally assaulted on a daily basis by the press and it has no media, like what the minister has, to publish their statements and announcements."

"> phrases to point out such matters. This illustrates the systematic human rights violations in Bahrain as confirmed by the Bassiouni report, as higher-ranked officials issue orders. The minister is concerned and responsible for justice, and therefore will be responsible for any violations. Individual behavior cannot be claimed as a pretext.

Al-Wefaq said that the threatening language used by the minister in his statements was merely aiming to bring strife between the communities of Bahrain. The minister wrongly accused al-Wefaq for trying to fail the dialogue, despite the fact that al-Wefaq was the first to welcome the regime's non-genuine invitation to dialogue. Al-Wefaq had issued a statement* on 25th September, expressing its readiness to sit for dialogue with the Foreign Minister, although the regime only had no serious intentions except to engage in more PR.

Al-Wefaq criticized the Justice Minister's statements regarding law enforcement and state of law, mentioning that this is put forward in the world's democratic states which Bahrain is not part of. Law is neither imposed on Bahrain's activities as a state, nor on its officials who have not been held accountable for violations of law. For law enforcement and equality to be achieved, the minister needs to reveal any measures taken against him, being the responsible official for demolishment of places of worship.

The Justice Minister is also requested to clarify his false accusations of medics for occupying Salmaniya Medical Complex with firearms and killing citizens by worsening their wounds, before the judiciary announced its verdicts. These accusations, which the minister spoke of in a press conference, were later dropped by the judiciary. He is further requested to reveal results of investigations supposedly carried out regarding 61 incidents of attacks on Jawad and 24-hours supermarkets, and which the regime forces were seen a number of times, either involved or backing up the attackers. In addition to the University of Bahrain's attacks on 13th March 2011, as names of attackers who raided the university with fire arms, knives and swords, were put forward.

Al-Wefaq demanded that the Minister uncover what had been committed by his ministry and his judges who verbally assaulted and publicly incited hatred and that had been broadcasted by state media by highly recognized officials and TV channels mentioned in the BICI report with enough evidence and proved by international reports. The Minister is demanded to also declare a clear stance of all verbal sectarian assaults in the Friday sermons against a component of the society, and the minister knows them well because they were said in his presence.
Al-Wefaq added that the results, of investigations claimed to have been conducted, have not yet been announced. Those who have been interrogated for committing violations against dismissed and citizens who have been arrested. The minister is not expected at all to announce the results of these violations because the violators are given impunity by high ranked officials and they cannot be considered as personal behavior.
Al-Wefaq stated that the people of Bahrain know exactly what the term "restoring law and order" means, it means an increasing pace of official violence and suppression will take place and orders are already given to more human rights violations instructed by high ranked officials which makes violations look like as a state-strategy. For instance, during the state of emergency, calls were made to impose law and order, as a result, hatred inciters have been ignited to demand the authority to restore law and order" which means to suppress the opposition. This was proved in the BICI report. If law is imposed justifiably, it will reach even those who incited hatred, verbally assaulted the people and had spread fake news that caused unrest in the country.
Al-Wefaq is surprised by the Minister's threat to punish clerics who freely express their opinion in Friday sermons, while he praise those clerics who incite hatred among Bahrainis and publicly assault a whole sect and accuse them of treason. What is more, such statement is made by a minister who is supposed to pay more appreciation and respect to the law and justice. The justice minister has no right to prevent clerics from practicing their job, especially by force. However, according to the Bahraini law, the Minister can be punished when he uses force.
Al-Wefaq stated that what is known in law that the forcing power cannot be exploited by the executive power unless the later permits it to use, but the minister who is responsible for justice and law in a country that lacks justice and law, this minister gave himself all kinds of powers that give him the right to demolish mosques and ban the people from praying in them, acts that he might consider pro-Islamic, while bringing those who committed violations is considered an anti-Islamic act.

Al-Wefaq said, surprisingly, clerics are threatened because they did not sign a document issued by parties that share the same ideology of the minister. That was so clear in his statement when he ironically stated that the societies are creating frustration among citizens while it is so obvious that frustration is created by the regime. Discrimination, that is reaching all the country's corners, is an extreme example of the frustration created by the regime until it has taken the form of oppression which is considered a crime against humanity practiced in day light that makes the authority refuse to sign Rome statute for international criminal court which strongly believes that justice will bring those who perpetrated such oppression. Moreover, citizens still can not get the job that they spent years studying for; their jobs are instead given to foreigners in the Ministry of Education. Outstanding secondary school fresh graduates can not get a scholarship despite scoring high results. Skillful workers are dismissed from their work, wives are deprived from getting any promotions in their work and are being humiliated at their work places at the ministry of health. Who is causing frustration among the people of Bahrain??? Does the Ministry of Justice still believe that such a family still has hope??

Al-Wefaq concluded by reminding the justice minister of his announcement when he said that 'Manama Document' can be discussed and it is not a treason to the homeland, and if he thinks that it is impossible to impose any agreements on the people, then the opposition does agree with him and it is impossible to impose any document or certain constitutional amendments and the people must be referred to in such decisions. It stated that the opposition presented the Manama Document to be implemented through a popular referendum based of equality and citizenship and the people of Bahrain has all the rights to accept it or reject it. However, does the minister approve of such procedure to take place for all documents and constitutional amendments to let the people say their final word instead of abducting citizen's opinions and promoting amendments that have not satisfied the people because they were not made by a democratic mechanism that should lead to a democratic transition?
Al-Wefaq in its statement, invited the minister to publicly declare his opinion of having a referendum to show the political majority rather than controlling the local media and bashing the opposition through it.
Al-Wefaq said, "let the Minister remember that in the oasis of human rights, oasis of the freedom of expression and the freedom of press media, the opposition has no right to show up in the state media and it is verbally assaulted on a daily basis by the press and it has no media, like what the minister has, to publish their statements and announcements."

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