5th March 2013
The spokesman of the national democratic opposition parties' team to dialogue, Sayed Jameel Kadhim, said Bahrain came out with a constituent council to draft a new constitution (the 1973 constitution) after its independence, then it ended the 90s uprising with the National Charter in 2001, he added, they were natural choices under the circumstances Bahrain was going through.
“In 2013, two years on the eruption of the nationwide demands movement for democratic transition, and after the dramatic changes in the region and the Arab world, and in the aftermath of the outrageous violations including abuses, killings, demolishing of mosques, thousands of arbitrary arrests and torture in detentions, all perpetrated under the current government and which were confirmed by the Bassiouni report within a short period, after all this, Bahrain needs a very big project because the current phase is more dangerous and complicated and the people’s mistrust in the regime is deeper than ever. This means Bahrain needs a much bigger project that that of 1971 and 2001″, Kadhim stated.
Kadhim explained that Bahrain has been going through uprisings every decade or so because of the tyranny and the absence of the people’s will, and therefore, a big political project is a must for permanent stability and real development to build a real state of law and institutions.