Happy 36th Independence Day Bahrain!

14 Aug, '07

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Today is the 36th anniversary of Bahrain gaining its independence from Great Britain. Although the day is not officially celebrated saving that holiday to the National Day which falls on December 16 of every year, it should not deter us as Bahrainis from reflecting on this historically joyous event.

Happy Independence Day Bahrain, may your people live long and prosper in social harmony and much happiness.


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  1. Global Voices Online » Bahrain: 36th Independence Day! | 14 Aug, '07
  1. I didn’t know 😳 shame on me.

    why don’t they educate people about the importance of this day?

    Thank you Mahmood for the enlightenment.

  2. mahmood says:

    Wikipedia is wrong!

    إرشيف الاستقلال

    في الساعة الواحدة من ظهر يوم 14 أغسطس/آب 1971 بثت إذاعة البحرين إعلان أمير دولة البحرين آنذاك سمو الشيخ عيسى بن سلمان آل خليفة بشأن استقلال البحرين، وألقاه رئيس الوزراء سمو الشيخ خليفة بن سلمان آل خليفة.

    وجاء في الإعلان الذي تلاه سمو رئيس الوزراء: «إن البحرين الدولة العربية المسلمة التي تؤمن بالوحدة العربية كضرورة قومية ملحة يفرضها عليها التاريخ والدين واللغة والثقافة والمصير المشترك، قد عملت بجد وإخلاص وسعت جاهدة في سبيل تحقيق قيام اتحاد الإمارات العربية المتحدة على مدى الثلاث سنوات الماضية، وذلك منذ أن اشتركت حكومة البحرين مع الإمارات العربية في التوقيع على اتفاق مشروع اتحاد الإمارات العربية، الموقعة في إمارة دبي في 27 فبراير/ شباط 1968، وبدافع من إيماننا المطلق بضرورة قيام هذا الاتحاد للإمارات العربية واستكمال شكله الدستوري الصحيح النابع من صميم تطلعات وآمال شعب هذه المنطقة، فإن حكومتنا ركزت في محادثاتها الطويلة على مبادئ أساسية نادت بها في كل اجتماع أو مؤتمر حضرته خلال السنوات الماضية، وهذه المبادئ تتلخص في ضرورة وضع دستور حديث يقوم على مبدأ فصل السلطات وتوزيع الاختصاصات بين الأجهزة الحكومية ويوفر للمواطنين الحقوق والحريات السياسية والمدنية ويكفل قيام حكومة مركزية للاتحاد تملك سلطات واسعة في إدارة وتسيير مختلف شئون حكومة الاتحاد على الصعيد الدولي والداخلي».

    وأضاف سموه «بعد المشاورات الأخوية والودية التي أجريناها مع شقيقاتنا وجاراتنا الكبرى في الخليج، قررنا أن نعلن في هذا اليوم عزم حكومتنا على اتخاذ الخطوات التالية، إنهاء جميع المعاهدات والاتفاقات السياسية والعسكرية التي تنظم علاقات التحالف الخاصة بين حكومة البحرين والحكومة البريطانية، وعليه فقد بوشر فعلاً في الانسحاب العسكري البريطاني من أراضي البحرين، التقدم فوراً بطلب انضمام البحرين إلى عضوية كل من الجامعة العربية وهيئة الأمم المتحدة، المطالبة من الدول العربية الشقيقة والدول الإسلامية الصديقة ومن دول العالم الأخرى الاعتراف بوضع كيان البحرين كدولة عربية مستقلة ذات سيادة».

    وأعلن سموه في خطابه التزام البحرين بجميع اتفاقاتها وتعهداتها العربية والدولية التي لا تتعارض مع استقلالها وسيادتها وذلك ضمن مبادئ وأحكام القانون الدولي والمواثيق الدولية، الالتزام بميثاق الجامعة العربية وبميثاق هيئة الأمم المتحدة، العمل على بناء علاقات البحرين مع جاراتها دول وإمارات الخليج وغيرها من الدول العربية الشقيقة على سياسة من الأخوة والتعايش السلمي والتعاون والتفاهم وعدم التدخل في الشئون الداخلية لهذه الدولة، والعمل على المحافظة على سلام وأمن واستقرار وتقدم منطقة الخليج، وذلك بالتعاون مع جاراتها الدول الشقيقة والصديقة التي يهمها أمر سلام واستقرار هذه المنطقة الحيوية من العالم، العمل على تنسيق وتنظيم التعاون الاقتصادي والتجاري والفني والمهني مع دول المنطقة بما يضمن تصنيع وتطوير هذه المنطقة اقتصادياً، الإيمان الكامل بحقوق شعب فلسطين العربي في استرجاع أراضيه المغتصبة والعيش بأمن وطمأنينة في بلاده ووطنه، كما تؤيد البحرين وتساند مطالب دول المواجهة العربية في استرجاع أراضيها المحتلة.

    وذكر سموه أنه على صعيد السياسة العربية، فإن البحرين هي جزء من الأمة العربية وستسعى جاهدة في تبني أية فكرة، جادة مخلصة تؤدي إلى تحقيق أمنية العرب الكبرى في الحرية والوحدة والسلام والإسهام في موكب الحضارة والتقدم الإنساني.

    وقال سموه في نهاية الخطاب: «انطلاقا من الإيمان بهذا المبدأ فإن البحرين حكومة وشعباً تفتح ذراعيها لتبني فكرة أي اتحاد جديد للإمارات حالما يقوم على قدميه ويترعرع، وعليه فإن إعلان حكومة البحرين عن استقلالها التام بموجب هذا البيان لن يؤثر بأية حال على استعدادها دوماً في الانضمام إلى اتحاد الإمارات العربية أو إلى دولة الإمارات العربية الجديدة حالما تدعى إليها في المستقبل، وحالما تنشأ حكومتها ويقوم بناؤها على الأسس والمبادئ الدستورية السليمة التي يؤمن بها شعب هذه المنطقة العربية».
    الوسط – ١٤ أغسطس ٢٠٠٧ – Google translation

  3. Silver says:

    thanks mahmood, i wasnt born back then so i wouldnt know :mrgreen:

  4. mahmood says:

    I just corrected Wikipedia, so thank YOU for referencing it.

    And Happy Independence Day!
    (I’m so going to watch Will Smith in Independence Day tonight! 😉 That’s just after the most excellent Blue Planet of course :))

  5. Shaima says:

    Are we truly independent?!

    We used to follow UK, now we follow US,

    May be we do not have any British military bases in Bahrain, but surely we do have the biggest American base in the gulf!

    we are still under occupation,

    whatever the Americans what, the lords in Bahrain obey,

    so let us stop fooling our selves with independence…

    we are just like many other countries, the “occupiers” left, and another one came…

  6. I’m confused – I’d always come across the date as 15th August (easy to remember, as it’s also India’s Independence Day), for example:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/country_profiles/817505.stm
    https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ba.html

    And you have celebrated it on 15th August in the past:
    http://mahmood.tv/2006/08/15/happy-35th-independence-day/

  7. mahmood says:

    I guess both are correct – certainly the government portal states that it is Aug 15th, ’71 but from the text above you can clearly see that the Declaration on the radio was at 1pm on Aug 14th, ’71.

    This is intriguing, it’s been 36 years and the message is conflicting. I’ve briefly searched the internet and the press today and found that most regard 15 as the day and not today.

    Anyone got an “official” link on this matter?

  8. Isn’t today Pakistan’s national day or something?

  9. ammaro.com says:

    Our country gained independance, but we’re still not free…

  10. ehsan says:

    The declaration of Bahrain intention to seek independence was on the 14th. The due diligence and paperwork required to gain Her Majesty’s approval and blessings was concluded on the 15th.

    So we were officially independent after 11 AM on the 15th, when Sir Geoffery Arthur signed and nullified all previous British sovereignty agreements.

    See here http://www.shura.gov.bh/default.asp?action=article&id=330

  11. mahmood says:

    Phew!

    Thank you sir, now this whole thread is a valuable Independence Day chronological record 😉

  12. Ted says:

    Happy Independence Day!

    I never heard of it the two years I lived there.

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  13. mahmood says:

    That’s alright Ted, most Bahrainis aren’t aware of it either! There seems to be a parliamentary motion which could be tabled to ensure that it is celebrated henceforth. Whether that celebration also ensures yet another day off remains to be seen.

  14. Merlin says:

    Shaima – without the Americans, this pathetically small island would be nothing, it would be another saudi or iranian outpost.

    We need them to deter the predators that surround us in this region. If in return we offer them a base. Then that is a small cost, that we pay for our FREEDOM. That much we do owe them and any sensible leader that has the slightest clue of geopolitics and realist theory, would do just the same. On that point your government got it right! Amongst a series of very bad choices, the Americans are the best you can make given our uniquely weak position.

    And Ammaro – you are still not free? why? why not? what are you unable to do?

    People, people, people…. the country’s problems do not relate to freedom, democracy or even the right to vote. They are far more basic than that.

    Look closely….

  15. Abdulkarim says:

    Another public holiday? Please no! Not that I do not love holidays but I do not want to lose my job.

  16. deepdowne says:

    pakistan’s independence day is on august 14, and india’s, august 15 🙂

  17. underthepalmtree says:

    Mahmood and others, I am curious to know what it was like growing up under British protectorship?

    I have been told by close friends that you had different holidays and drove on the wrong side of the road 😮 and Christmas was more celebrated, did you feel like you were living under British rule?

    Was there any self government or did the Brits run everything? Did the Khalifa’s have any real power? Was there an active movement for independence? Or did the Brits just decide to leave?

    How did it feel to be “protected” by the Brits?

    When you grew up, what did your parents tell you about the British and why they were there?

    Arigato…

  18. underthepalmtree says:

    Oh and congratulations, as far as I can see Bahrain is the closed thing to a democracy in the Middle East. There has been great progress in a short period of time. 🙂

  19. Capt. Arab says:

    Happy un-official Independence Day to Bahraini’s and those who love Bahrain alike..
    By the way Mahmood, I don’t think we need another public holiday…

    There seems to be a parliamentary motion which could be tabled to ensure that it is celebrated henceforth. Whether that celebration also ensures yet another day off remains to be seen.

    Bahrain is apparently ranks top of the list with the highest number of public holidays.. It’s non-productive and bad for business.

  20. mahmood says:

    How did it feel to be “protected” by the Brits?

    I think Wikipedia has a good page on this as far as historical perspective is concerned. As to the “real” feel, I’m afraid I’m not the authority there. I was 9 years old when we gained our independence, so there aren’t many distinct memories but I hope that others who have lived through that era can contribute to this topic, or even write a book for us interested enough to read about that period and educate ourselves in our recent history.

  21. hamad says:

    Happy Independence Day . I like the independence day speech, its written in very good arabic . It remind me of arabic classes at school where we talked about the arab united states but for sure we divided more and more . If you visit some arabain counteries you wont even feel you are in arabic state you will think you enter the indian border without knowing . we have very good writing and speaking skills in arabic but we dont realy have the want for unity .

    Gad bless Bahrain
    Happy Independence Day

  22. Shaima says:

    Merlin! I see, what you are saying is that the cost of freedom is occupation 🙄

    Why should bahrain be part of any other nation… Honestly, if this is true, I rather it being Japan, or Germany or even china rather it being a country that does nothing but support its self… and its closest alley.

  23. sara says:

    Shaima,

    How would your life be different if your country were not “occupied”?

    Sara

  24. Capt. Arab says:

    We would proabably be like Saudi-Arabia, still backward in basic ethics with loads of money in the hands of the few privilaged.

  25. isa says:

    weel every body out there who think USA army being in bahrain is gonna help us mayb in sum way but if bahrain does a wrong move like “doing sumthin which USA doesnt like” we r in danger it will be the end of us coz the US army and all those creapy ppl are there in our country so i think its very risky to allow an army of other country to stay in your country plus if any soldier of the army does anything wrong in bahrain like”killing some one ” the bahrain police is said to back off and they call the police 4m their own country how da hell do we no that if we r gettin justice or no

    ANYWAYS PPL IF SUMTHING LIKE THIS COMES UP ILL KEEP ON WRITING AND SPOIL MY DAY

    HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY 2 U ALL

  26. cookie says:

    16 dec is what? عيد جلوس؟

    happy independence day anyways.I’m not sure we are independent though ! 😕

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