Sectarianism - ABC of civil society

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The benefits of civil society for Bahrain and for you

Sectarianism is the greatest threat facing Bahrain’s civil society

The sectarian tensions which emerged around the 2011 unrest in Bahrain were hugely damaging to moderate civil society. Here we tell the story of how sectarianism impacted civil society groups during the unrest and look at the role civil society can play in combatting sectarianism.

Attacks against civil society

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Evaluating a year in Parliament

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This report looks at the work of Parliament over the past parliamentary season (October 2015 - June 2016), with particular emphasis on evaluating the effectiveness of elected MPs.

The report is divided into two halves:

Working effectively: Looking at how effectively MPs interact with each other; between the two chambers and with Government.

Use of powers: How MPs have used the powers at their disposal to fulfill their duties of overseeing the work of Government and serving the public.

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Why British-Bahrain relations matter

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In 2016 Britain and Bahrain are celebrating 200 years of bilateral relations between the two Kingdoms. Below we look at a number of reasons why these relations matter today:

Shared values and vision

As a constitutional monarchy committed to reform, arguably Bahrain is Britain’s partner of choice in the region. Bahrain’s progressive 2001 constitution enshrines the freedoms and rights of all faiths and ethnicities, while also being the state in the region which has done the most to empower women and facilitate foreign investment.

With Bahrain’s commitment to combatting terrorism, extremism and intolerance in the region, the two nations see eye-to-eye on a broad range of issues. 

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Transparency - ABC of civil society

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The benefits of civil society for Bahrain and for you

Key concepts: Transparency, Accountability … and Corruption

Transparency means operating in such a way that everybody can see what you are doing. It is important that governments behave transparently, so that civilians can know whether their leaders are effectively serving the public and are keeping their promises. This is particularly important in the case of how public money is spent, but it also extends to transparency over whether a government is fulfilling its human rights commitments.

Accountability is related to transparency, because when a government behaves transparently it can be held accountable by the public and civil society. Officials are ultimately answerable for the correct and thorough completion of their tasks and responsibilities. When officials fail in their duties or behave illegally, there should be consequences.

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