Al-Wefaq: International umbrella essential for rebuilding trust
BICI report soul implicates government removal is only way forward
In a statement issued on 27 Nov 2011, Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society has commented on outstanding political developments in the light of realities exposed in the report of Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI). The society stressed that the report in its entirety depicts a comprehensive humanitarian and political picture of those calling for democratic reforms. To its credit, the report provides a chilling description of everyday fact in the kingdom of Bahrain.
The statement noted that any observer despite the methodology, complexities, conclusions and recommendations of the report could only reach certain primary outcomes foremost of which is presence of a dictatorial and repressive government in Bahrain. This repressive government together with its establishments stands behind all violations and abuses affecting thousands of Bahraini people.
Additionally, the report discloses in detail absence of real security in many respects notably on occupational, religious, political, economic, living and educational levels. Also, the report noted non-existence of fair and in independent judicial system capable of providing confidence by virtue of taking sides in the dispute. Not surprisingly, the BICI report called for cancellation of some verdicts and review of others.
Al-Wefaq’s statement further added that the BICI report has disclosed the state’s failure in providing social justice. Conversely, many people could sense injustice and systematic targeting of in all aspects of life. This unfortunate reality was aided by absence of legislative and legal framework meeting requirements of democracy and human rights. Hence, the report provides a frightening account of injustice brought upon a large section of the society because of their political views. Worse, these repressive practices that have not stopped during interrogation periods are unlikely to stop so long as this government remains intact. So is the case because the same government remains in force in post BICI report, as if nothing has changed.
Al-Wefaq’s statement has stressed presence of two political entities in Bahrain, namely democracy rejectionist (rule and its proponents) in one area and prodemocracy fighters (opposition) in another, transcending all communities and customs. Accordingly, steps for lasting political solutions must take place in the context of understanding between these two entities via equal representations and will on the basis of international charters and conventions guaranteeing social justice.
The statement reiterated necessity of an international umbrella for future steps reflecting lack of confidence between the two sides. This confidence problem stems from a failed equation after one side exploited its power to revenge from the other side solely because of differences of political views. As such, it is difficult to resort to the same equation due to the fact that authority, security, powers, and establishments are controlled by one party. Against this backdrop, choices and decisions facing the country must not be addressed by unilateral moves, but rather though balance of all political tendencies in the country balanced in the context of international umbrella.
Al-Wefaq’s statement said that piecemeal solutions are not acceptable, something put on display in the selection of a committee to follow up on recommendations of BICI. Certainly, this kind of mentality is not commensurate with realities of this age. This bypassing process was once again uncovered in the comments made by the country’s Foreign Minister concerning formulation of a committee. Needless to say, the only way out is a real comprehensive political solution.
In conclusion, the statement stressed the need for having a clear road map with a realistic time span in the presence of an international umbrella. Any solution should include dismissal of the current government and formation of a national salvation government through equal representation of the two entities (the rule and its supporters on the one hand and opposition forces on the other). The proposed government is required to develop a road map for a solution together with a time table to ensure implementation of BICI’s recommendations in accordance with international conventions and charters to form as a reference for true democracy and social justice.
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