Citizens for Bahrain analysis
Bahrain is a pioneer in many ways, particularly in the various domains of arts and culture. While the country is experiencing progress towards reform and democratization, we see several barriers. One such example is the manner in which some elected MPs want to impose their ideology on the rest of the society.
During last week’s Parliament session several MPs called for a ban on music festivals, Halloween parties and the obligatory music lessons provided as part of the curriculum in public schools. This minority of MPs claimed that music, arts and diversity were not a part of Bahraini culture and that all parties and festivals should be suspended, “in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Syria and Yemen”.
Islamist MPs have a problem with the fact that Bahrain is by far one of the most culturally diverse countries in the region. It is unfortunate no MPs challenged these negative and socially-backwards views. These incidents reveal the lack of articulate progressive and liberal voices in Parliament and civil society which could stand up for the rights of moderate and liberal young Bahrainis when Islamist MPs propose legislation to limit personal freedoms....