The opposition societies in Bahrain (AlWefaq National Islamic Society, National Democratic Assembly Society (AlQawmi), National Democratic Action Society (Waad), Unity Democratic Gathering Society (Wahdawy), National Brotherhood Society (Ekhaa) and Democratic Progressive Tribune (AlTaqadumy), have issued today a 'Declaration of Non-Violence Principles'.
Nonviolence Principles Declaration
This declaration represents the principles we hold and the position we have adopted since the formation of our societies, confirmed since 14th February 2011 and reiterated now.
We consider peaceful means as our strategic direction in our political work, attitudes and practices, in order to achieve the demands of our people of real participation in political decisions and planning the future of our homeland with principles of freedom, democracy, social justice, equal citizenship, social and civil peace. Our continuous call for tolerance, diversity, and plurality, is originated from our deep and sincere believe that this is the ideal path to enforce national unity between all different elements of our people.
The political and social movements in Bahrain have a long-standing history aging around one century. This history witnessed old and recent political powers and personalities, those who have struggled and those who are struggling currently for the legitimate political, social and economical rights of the people via civilized and peaceful movements.
The struggle is driven from the integral right and full freedom, as preserved in human, international and common constitutional principles, to achieve legitimate political, social, economical rights through peaceful and civilized means and holding of national unity. These principles have formed the basis of our struggle throughout history, through which the people have achieved political independence and got their first constitution and national assembly.
We, the undersigned of this declaration, are launching principles to uphold ourselves, and encourages others to adopt, to provide an umbrella framework to all community powers, personalities, activists and elements, in spite of differences in visions and positions. This shall be the national umbrella framework that are driven by faith, human, international and common constitutional principles, that are never be subjected to be broken apart, via conflict, nor confiscation. From then on,We reference, resolution A/RES/61/271 that was adopted by United Nations General Assembly on 27 June 2007 regarding Nonviolent International day.
And to UN general assembly resolutions 53/243 A and B dated 13 September 1999, which embrace the declaration of peace culture and Program, and resolution 55/282 dated 7 September 2001 regarding the international day for Peace, and resolution 61/45 dated 4 December 2006 regarding International Agreement for the Culture of Peace and Nonviolence culture for the Sake of the Children of the globe, 2001-2010, and related resolutions.Putting into our considerations that nonviolence
, tolerance, full respect to all human rights, basic rights for all, democracy, development, diversity respect, are coherent matters that complement each other.Confirming
that violence can never be a mean to achieve legitimate demands, nor be used to block legitimate demands, from any party.Believing
that dignity, freedom, security, justice, equality, diversity, plurality, and participation in a modern democratic state, are necessities for individuals and communities that cannot be revoked from individuals or communities under any circumstances or excuse.Adopting
that individuals and communities have the right to take all possible peaceful means or protest, exercise freedom of speech, hold gatherings, and assemble to demand these basic rights, and its not permissible for anyone to object, let alone prevent them with force.Putting into our considerations
that we are today in desperate need more than any time before, and with national and collective action from all elements and from all levels to emphasize the culture of nonviolence and adopting dialogue and acceptance of other opinion and plurality in in opinions.Thereafter, we present our declaration for nonviolence principles and encourage others to adopt
1- To respect the basic rights of individuals and community groups, and to defend it.
2- To uphold the principles of human rights, democracy, and pluralism.
3- Never to adopt any means of violence or violations to Human rights or democratic means.
4- To condemn violence, in all its forms, sources, and parties.
5- To defend people’s rights for freedom of expression and assembly.
6- To emphasize and urge in our literature, speech, and programs on a culture of nonviolence and adopt peaceful and civilized means. Political Societies
AlWefaq National Islamic Society (AlWefaq)
National Democratic Assembly Society (AlQawmi)
National Democratic Action Society (Waad)
Unity Democratic Gathering Society (Wahdawy)
National Brotherhood Society (Ekhaa)
Democratic Progressive Tribune (AlTaqadumy)