The Bahraini German Organisation for Human Rights and Democracy held on the 14th of September, simultaneously with the convention of the Human Rights council’s 33rd cycle in Geneva, a rights seminar with the participation of delegates and rights activists, the member of founding comity in 1973 Dr. Abed Al-Hadi Khalaf, former delegate of Al-Wefaq association Ali Al-Osheri, the prominent rights activist and lawyer Mohammad Al-Tajer, the member of Bahrain center of Human Rights Safaa Al-Khawaja, and the representative of the freedoms and democracy movement (HAK) Abed Al-Ghani Khanjar. A documentary titled “the artifice” was displayed during the seminar.
Dr. Abed Al-Hadi Khalaf mentioned in his speech that “The authority in Bahrain wasn’t even thinking about democracy and political representation, and did not accept any of these expressions until it was subjected to a unified public pressure.” He also assured that the rulers of the gulf not only do not tolerate democracy but “since 1968 Bahrain and the Khalifa family tried to convince Britain not to withdraw from the region, and the rulers of Bahrain then were afraid of independence.” He also added that “the artifice is that the people believed that the reformal plan of Bahrain’s king was true, and that the legitimacy of Al Khalifa’s regime stands on their belief on the legitimacy of conquer and sword, so they don’t believe in the legitimacy of democracy from the first place.”
And in the speech of Mohammad Al-Tajer he mentioned that democracy is one of the fundamental principles on which the United Nations stand. And he explained the international legal dimension of the concept of democracy, and mentioned that Bahrain’s parliament is the least in abiding to the principles that the elected councils stand on because of the legislative and inspective restrains put on it. He concluded that “since a decade, since 2011, Bahrain has suspended several articles of the pledges and imposed martial laws.” He assured that Bahrain continues in crushing rights and in its measures that are far from the democratic state.
And in the speech of the former delegate of Al-Wefaq association Ali Al-Osheri, he mentioned that since the twenties until now the Bahraini people still demand for a true and serious activation of the principles of democracy, and that the two experiences of 1972 and 2001 assure that the regime in Bahrain did not want to establish a democratic system, and through experience and practices we observe that public participation is barely found in decision making in Bahrain.
The representative of the freedoms and democracy movement Abed Al-Ghani Khanjar mentioned that we can’t talk about democracy in Bahrain, and that the king is the biggest tyrant, and that Bahrain’s regime is tyrannical and dictatorial and has no connection to democracy, it tried to gather all authorities in its hand and was able to create virtual associations with a democratic front and one of these is the parliament.
Safaa Al-Khawaja the member of the Bahrain center for Human Rights assured that the right of political participation represents the main face of a democratic system and considered as an indicator of a healthy relationship between the state and the community. And since 2011 political rights are subjected to harsh molestations that reached political associations and human rights activists, the leaders of associations were subjected to apprehensions and judicial molestations for charges that contradict with practicing the international right of participating in politics, and that the right of freedoms has become threatened.
Finally a statement was recited addressing the human rights council in Geneva which urged the council to support democracy in Bahrain being it the base of all rights, assuring that the Bahraini authorities incriminate the demand for democracy, calling the council to suspend the membership of Bahrain.