The Freedom of Establishing Associations and Organizing Peaceful Demonstrations is at Risk
The Authority Threatens to Punish the Un-Authorized Organizations and Refuses to Permit the Authorized Peaceful Gatherings
20 August 2010
“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”
“Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association”
The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights expresses its deep concern for the threats released by the Executive Authority (King, Minister of Interior, and Minister of Justice) against the unauthorized organizations. The Minister of Justice stated, “There are some individuals, and by establishing organizations outside the framework of the law without any consideration to the country’s constitution, laws and official institutions in an attempt to take advantage of the atmosphere of openness in which the state was careful to encourage everyone to participate in the political process and develop the democratic process, have harmed through their actions, insistence and permanent assertion on working outside the constitutional and legal frameworks the due respect for the rule of the law”.
These threats are among the security campaign carried out by the security apparatuses against the political activists and human rights defenders, where the Authorities arrested since Friday 13 August 2010 more than 10 political and human rights activists from the various areas of Bahrain, who the Authorities had charged with forming a terrorist organizational network, its purpose is to affect the state’s stability.
The societies in Bahrain are established within the framework of “the law of civil associations” or “the law of political societies”, and several local and international organizations had criticized these laws due to the constraints they include in the right of establishing a peaceful association, and which violates the international standards, and especially Articles “21, 22″ of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
In the same context, the security authorities refused the notification provided to it to hold two peaceful demonstrations, where the security authorities had refused the notification for a demonstration that was supposed to be held by the family of the detainee Dr. Abdul-Jalil Al-Sangaece – Wednesday 18 August 2010 – to demand his release . It had also refused a notification to hold a peaceful demonstration in front of a shopping mall to demand the release of the detainees and which was supposed to be held on Friday 20 August 2010.