Public letter of a group of American and European academicians and media commentators to UNSG on Bahrain and the situation of the popular leader Sheikh Isa Qassim.
H. E. Mr. Ban Ki-Moon
Secretary General of the United Nations
Mr. Secretary General,
As you know the Bahraini people struggle peacefully to attain their own sovereignty for years and are expecting the organizations linked to Human Rights to help them. During these years they have been permanently oppressed as they were and still are demanding to have access to their basic citizenship rights.
Your Excellency! as UN has been mainly established to provide peace and security across the globe and according to the article 21 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which recognizes the people’s will as the basis and source of governing power, the demand of Bahraini citizens on having a democratically elected government in which the majority rules the country is a very elementary request. Why this primary demand for achieving the minimum social rights should face the government’s atrocities including imprisonment, torture, and assassination?
Mr. Secretary General! according to the UDHR’s article 15 the behavior of this oligarchic regime toward his own people including; destruction of hussainiyas and the mosques, preventing the Bahraini people who are mostly Muslims from establishing both Friday and congregational prayers, suspension of citizenship and deportation of Bahraini leaders particularly Sheikh Isa Qassim, is considered as a crime and UN is responsible to condemn those acts which violate international laws.
Your Excellency! You know well that these mentioned crimes don’t match with the essence of Human Rights.
Mr. Secretary General! The silence of world powers and the so-called defenders of Human Rights toward these anti-human crimes, is not surprising as the authorities of Bahraini regime are acting under their support and they are allowed once the West’s interests are achieved! But as the one who should unveil the criminals and has to intervene and to protest against the oppressors, your silence is significant and shocking. Remember that you’re responsible for maintaining a peaceful and secure world and as the person in charge of performing the UDHR content, you’re condemned in the presence of free consciences and human history.
Your Excellency, according to the religious teachings and the unchangeable divine traditions; whatever you, other international officials and those so-called defenders of Human Rights, accomplish your legal, human and moral duty or not, the oppressed nations particularly the Yemeni, Bahraini and Palestinian peoples will win as they have decided to be free and not to accept any type of injustice and they stand on this issue. But that is a historical privilege for you to be honored by supporting them, thus we undersigned, ask your Excellency to carry out the following issues as soon as possible:
1- Launching urgent measures in order to stop the actions which oppose the international standards and violate the UDHR’s article 15 regarding the suspension of citizenship and deportation of Bahraini religious leaders and figures particularly his eminence Sheikh Isa Qassim;
2- Providing necessary and ensuring arrangements to establish the democracy and to implement the UDHR’s article 21 by making possible a referendum through which every single Bahraini citizen has one vote;
3- Initiating emergency measures to stop the tyranny of Bahrain oligarchic regime which threatens the security and freedom of people and jail, torture and assassinate them;
4- The immediate release of political prisoners and investigation about Bahraini Government’s crimes in competent international courts.
University of California, Berkeley, Prominent Expert on Islamic Studies, Prolific author of several books on Persian and Arabic literature and contemporary history of Iran, Turkey, the Balkans and Afghanistan;