Al-Wefaq: No social contract and constitution in Bahrain since 1975

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Bahrain
Thursday, 29 August 2013


al wafaq 1975In the anniversary of disabling the constitution back in 1975, Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, said Bahrain has been without a constitution since then and to date. It said Bahrain is going against the social contract and legitimacy. The real state, that was supposed to be built after the independence, 4

decades ago, is absent.

Today, the Bahrainis remember the disabling of the main principles of the social contract by abandoning the people being the source of all powers and by expropriating all powers and wealth for the benefit of a small group that has used its power to deprive the people their right to peaceful transfer of power.
Al-Wefaq stated that imposing the State-Security Law in August 1975 and dissolving the National Assembly that was meant to be an entrance to building a state. However, the tyranny and monopoly over the executive and judicial authorities and the use of security services against dissidents all contributed to the consecutive crisis Bahrain has undergone since then, al-Wefaq added. “The state was turned into a range of interests of a dynasty instead of being formed on international principles that entrench power on sound basis where the people have the right to manage their country’s affairs”, al-Wefaq stated.
“The police state in Bahrain is spreading fear through its repression, and it is expanding on the expense of national interest. The security doctrine in the police state is hostile to individual citizens and protects a small group that is dominating over the country.
“Four decades ago, parliamentary life in Bahrain was disabled and replaced with a legislative authority that lacks power by appointing one half and gerrymandering the election of the other half”, al-Wefaq added, “for four decades, the Government has been eluding from the people’s demands, and has failed to achieve democratic life after independence in 1971″.
Al-Wefaq renewed its call for a genuine political project to reach a long term solution and end the consecutive crisis Bahrain witnesses every ten years. “This comes by building a real state, and establishing authorities, each independent of the other, through an elected government and a legislative authority fully-powered with legislation and monitoring tools and that is formed through fair electoral districts based on the international principle, ‘one person, one vote’. In addition to diversified security forces that protect the country and all citizens, and an independent judiciary”, al-Wefaq said.
“The suppressive security solution and the delaying the response to the people’s demands is taking the country toward further complications and will raise the cost of political solution. Bahrainis of all factions will pay the price of wider political tension
“38 years of security solution since the independence has only resulted in further complication and violations and more victims
“Genuine political solution is a necessity not an option. Stalling and playing with time will not doing good for the nation or any side. Bahrainis look to reach freedom, democracy and justice
“Nobody has the right to decide on behalf of the people. The people of Bahrain have raised legitimate demands for democratic transition and to find an agreed-upon way out of the crisis according to the principle; the people are the source of all powers”.
Al-Wefaq said the international community must play a significant role to stop the ongoing violations and the suppressive security solution that the regime has resorted to instead of a serious and meaningful dialogue. The international community must not provide cover for the regime and must not ignore the calls of the Bahraini people to respect human rights and allow democratic transition. The international community is demanded to push for a serious and inclusive political solution to free Bahrain from dictatorship and authoritarianism by fulfilling the democratic demands of the political majority, thus, achieve stability in Bahrain and the periphery.

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