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Bahrain News
Sun, 28 Feb 2016


MANAMA: Bahraini opposition groups have been accused of deliberately obstructing the government’s attempts at reform.

The allegation has been made by an academic, during a visit by a five-member delegation from Europe, including four members of the European Parliament.

It followed meetings with government representatives who revealed the main opposition group Al Wefaq National Islamic Society was refusing to engage with official bodies set up in the wake of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry.

“During our meeting with the (Interior Ministry) Ombudsman and with Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa, we learnt Al Wefaq had not submitted a single complaint to any of the systems introduced as part of the reform process in Bahrain,” said Prague-based Metropolitan University department of international relations and European studies head Dr Mitchell Belfer, who was part of
the delegation.

“This includes the National Institution for Human Rights and the Ombudsman, which they (the opposition) say are dysfunctional. 

“They (the opposition) are calling a system which they never tried dysfunctional and I think this sums up Al Wefaq and much of the opposition in a nutshell,” Dr Belfer said.

“They complain about a system that they don’t even give a chance to work and they want to reject it before they want to see it work.”

“They are promoting the failure of the system before they are even attempting to gauge its success.”

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