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The national democratic opposition parties in Bahrain affirm that the brutal Zionist aggression on Gaza is an aggression on the whole Arab nation, and that the historical responsibility falls on Arab governments and the Arab League to take a clear political decision to support the perseverance of the Palestinian people in the face of the Zionist war machine which represents terrorism in its worst monstrous face.

The national democratic opposition parties in Bahrain demand a stop to any form of normalization with the Zionist entity and the expulsion of Zionist ambassadors and officials from Arab and Islamic countries, and the activation of the Quds Committee by supporting the steadfastness of our people in Palestine, especially Quds and Gaza, and to practice political pressure to end the blockade and open the crossings and stop the aggression on Gaza.

They stressed that the people of Bahrain stand by the Palestinian people and support their choice in defending their land and holy historical places and sites, a choice that represents the whole Arab nation.
At the end of the demonstration, opposition forces in Bahrain said that the people of Bahrain rally in solidarity with Gaza, that Bahrainis are standing with Gaza people and their options, because the cause of Palestine is the cause of the whole Arab nation, and the opposition affirms the right of the Palestinian people to resist occupation and free their land and establish a Palestinian state with Quds as capital, and the right to return and sovereignty over every inch of the land of Palestine.

Al Wefaq’s Shura Council issued a statement about the Justice Ministry’s calls to suspend the activities of Al Wefaq National Islamic Society. The statement said the Authority in Bahrain is taking a dangerous path trying to end political activism and dissent in the country.

The Council stresses that the claims made by the Justice Ministry against Al Wefaq are legally-baseless and comes at a suspicious time. The Council believes that this step is taken within a series of moves to limit the democratic aspirations of the Bahraini people who are calling for an elected government, a full powered parliament, a fair electoral system and the establishment of an independent judiciary and a patriotic and diversified security system.

Over the 3 past years the Authority has not presented any initiative for a solution and instead has continued to intensify its military and security solutions, whilst tightening restrictions on freedoms.
Al Wefaq Shura Council points out that the lawsuit comes after the suspension of the Islamic Scholars Council, which is the largest association in the Shiite community in Bahrain, as well as the expulsion of Tom Malinowski, the U.S Assistant Secretary. Furthermore it comes after families of Bahraini individuals stripped of their citizenships had their humanitarian rights expropriated. At the same time, the Authority remains silent about a series of insults against the Shiite community in Bahrain. This all makes clear that these steps are planned and extend from a bigger project to destroy the country’s national resources in favour of a totalitarian rule.
Al Wefaq Shura Council announces its support to boycott the upcoming elections that are of no political or legal value. Al Wefaq cannot give legitimacy to such a sham process. The Council stresses on the urgent need for an inclusive political solution that makes the people the source of all powers in Bahrain.

Al Wefaq National Islamic Society issued a statement about the insults published in the quasi-State press on Tuesday. Al Wefaq said the reckless and irresponisible rhetoric adopted by the Authority has opened the way for attacks against sacred figures of Islam.

Al Wefaq considers the insult against Imam Mahdi, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh), an insult against all Muslims. Such insults indicate the absence of law and the judiciary’s lack of neutrality.
The newspaper that published the insulting article is owned by the head of Government, and so the regime is fully responsible for this provocation. This behavior imposes an urgent necessity for a clean, responsible and uniting government that respects all religions and sects.

The opposition parties in Bahrain said the motive behind the Justice Ministry’s lawsuit against Al Wefaq is to strangle political activism and refuse dialogue that could produce a political solution.

The opposition parties spoke at a press conference on Monday to express solidarity and support with Al Wefaq National Islamic Society. Radhi Almusawi, from the Democratic Action Society, read out a statement in which the opposition parties called on the Authority to reverse the step and to end the attempt to take Al Wefaq to court, based on malicious and unrealistic accusations. (Read the statement here:  http://goo.gl/XLWrQi )

Sheikh Ali Salman, Secretary-General of Al Wefaq, said the general assemblies of Al Wefaq are held according to the law and the concerned official institutions are informed of the outcomes of these meetings.

Commenting on the Ministry’s statement in the press, Salman said, “In the internal elections Al Wefaq had held, the press received all the information and results. Every society has a board that oversees the election process and makes sure that members who desire to run for the elections must meet the conditions and requirements”. Salman mentioned that all nominations were accepted to run for the elections.

“However, no one was nominated for the Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General positions.  We extended the period of nomination but no one came forward and we can’t force any one to nominate themselves. I have expressed my encouragement for members to be nominated for the Secretary-General position several times”, he added.

Salman said the core problem lies in the fact that the regime is refusing to engage in a real dialogue with the opposition. He said the regime is refusing to give the opposition a written vision for a political settlement.

When asked about communications between the opposition and the regime, Salman said Al Wefaq has represented the opposition parties in communications over the past two weeks.

“The regime refused to accept the opposition’s demands for fair electoral districts, a parliament with full powers and an elected government, he added, “We want an inclusive solution for the crisis so it doesn’t explode again after a month or two. Once a humanitarian solution exists, the majority of the people will accept it”.

Salman mentioned that the regime only made a verbal initiative for a 20-20 split distribution for electoral districts and a government made up of 6 Sunnis, 6 from Al Khalifa and 6 Shiites, confirming that the opposition refused the deal and insisted on fair elections.

“We are very clear in our demands, we want the people to be the source of all powers. Nobody can convince the people that the current Authority is democratic”, he added.

Salman said the opposition would boycott the upcoming elections. “The majority of the people will boycott the elections. The regime can hold the elections and announce whatever results because nobody is monitoring. And by the way, we want to say that we would welcome the UN or any other institute to monitor Al Wefaq’s internal elections although it is already monitored by the Bahrain Transparency Society”.

Salman said the opposition is glad it has been able to save the country from slipping into a violent conflict and regional polarization.

Leading alliance of opposition parties Al Wefaq National Islamic Society in Bahrain has condemned the atrocious massacre perpetrated by the Israeli army in Gaza.

Al Wefaq expresses solidarity with the people of Gaza and stresses that the attack on Gaza is an attack on the Arabic nation. The world has a responsibility to protect the people of Gaza.

Al Wefaq expresses its support to the choice of the Palestinian people and their right to the Palestinian land.

Bahrain seeks to suspend al-Wefaq

Published in Bahrain
Monday, 21 July 2014 00:00

Bahrain’s Justice Ministry has asked a court to suspend the activities of the country’s main opposition bloc al-Wefaq.

The ministry asked for a three-month suspension of al-Wefaq National Islamic Society “so that it can correct its legal status,” state news agency BNA reported on Sunday.

The ministry claimed that the group has lost its legal status after the annulment of four of its general conferences and a failure to follow approved procedures.

On July 10, al-Wefaq's leader Sheikh Ali Salman and his political assistant, Khalil al-Marzouq, were charged with violating the country’s law on foreign contacts for holding a meeting with Tom Malinowski, the US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor on July 6.

Bahrain’s public prosecutors' office said that the two should have obtained permission before meeting Malinowski at the US embassy in Manama.

The group called the charges unfair, saying no regulations to ban meeting foreigners had ever been implemented before, and no one had been prosecuted for such cases.

Since mid-February 2011, thousands of protesters have held numerous demonstrations in the streets of Bahrain, calling on the Al Khalifa royal family to relinquish power.

Scores of Bahrainis have been killed and hundreds of others injured and arrested in the ongoing crackdown on peaceful demonstrations.

Bahraini court orders jail term for 11 year old

Published in Bahrain
Saturday, 19 July 2014 00:00

A Bahraini court has ordered the detention of 11-year-old Jihad Alsameea for an unspecified period of time or until his “behaviour improves”, in relation to the ongoing political crisis in which citizens are targeted for taking standing for democracy. The court’s decision comes within an official systematic targeting of children by the regime in Bahrain.

The Bahrain Observatory for Human Rights (BHRO) filed a complaint to the Special Rapporteur on children at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the UN.

Bahraini children have been subjected to abuse and pursuit under the use of the Authorities terrorism law to criminalize children who join peaceful protests and events.

The BHRO stated in its complaint that the detained children in Bahrain are denied access to lawyers. The security authorities violate due processes in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child. What is most appalling, however, is the continuous torture and cruel treatment perpetrated by the security apparatuses against children in Bahrain.

In a separate case, a judge ordered to keep Mohammed Alsaffar, 15, in detention for 45 days.

New documents reveal Bahrain crackdown on dissent

Published in Bahrain
Friday, 18 July 2014 00:00

Bahrain's main opposition group has revealed a series of documents, shedding light on the Al Khalifa regime's harsh crackdown on dissent across the Persian Gulf Kingdom.

Al-Wefaq said on Wednesday that new documents indicate several cases of torture and mistreatment in Bahraini jails.

According to the opposition, the Bahraini regime forces detained at least 114 people last month alone. Sources say 18 of the detainees were children.

The developments come as several international organizations and human rights activists have criticized Manama for refusing to disclose the cause of the protesters' deaths in an attempt to protect their killers.

Juan Mendez, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Torture, has repeatedly confirmed that Bahraini judiciary has issued harsh sentences against peaceful protesters and activists. Mendez says he had received complaints of torture, coerced confessions and denial of medical treatment.

The Bahraini regime has also blocked requests of visits by Mendez and other international rights officials.

In June 2014, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights censured the Manama regime for human rights violations. A total of 46 members of the international body expressed deep concern over the Al Khalifa regime’s crackdown on peaceful protesters.

Since mid-February 2011, thousands of protesters have held numerous demonstrations in the streets of Bahrain, calling on the Al Khalifa royal family to relinquish power.

In March 2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were deployed to Bahrain to help Manama quash the anti-regime protests.

Scores of Bahrainis have been killed and hundreds of others injured and arrested in the ongoing crackdown on peaceful demonstrations.

Leading Bahraini scholars, including Ayatollah Sheikh Issa Qassim, have issued a statement condemning a video footage that showed religious insults against the Shia sect in Bahrain.

The footage that was circulated via social media showed a former Lieutenant, Adel Flaifel, insulting and describing Shiites as atheists. The video also included threats of assassination and cleansing.

The scholars said the State is fully responsible for the insults and threats made by Flaifel and demand that measures be taken against him, or he will be considered to be speaking on behalf of the regime.

The scholars also called on the people to peacefully declare refusal of such sectarian language that threatens national unity and security and that is unaccepted by all Bahrainis, Sunnis and Shiites.

Adel Flaifel is an individual with a bloody reputation in Bahrain, with many Bahrainis alleging that they were tortured personally by him.

Bahrain's leading Opposition parties alliance Al Wefaq National Islamic Society held its third Ramadan reception on Sunday 13th July 2014.

Several personalities and activists attended the reception in Al Wefaq headquarters in Manama.

The French Ambassador to Bahrain was also present at the reception that is held every Sunday during the holy month of Ramadan.

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