Social Affairs?

7 Dec, '07

Mohammed Al-Maskati, head of the unlicenced BYSHRCan someone explain to me the role of the Ministry of Social Affairs please?

Is it put there to encourage social responsibility and enact programs which do good to the community, or is it to discourage such endeavors?

It certainly seems to be the latter than the former.

Take Mohammed Al-Maskati’s case for instance. The guy created and heads the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights and has been quite active in that sphere, yet when he applied to the ministry to register his fledgling society he got refused. Their regulations apparently do not recognise any person below 18 to be of sound mind and body to be socially active, and the BYSHR has generated a lot of interest in that sector. The objection appears to extend to other intangibles, one of which is that Mohammed’s sin is to be directly related to the regime’s supreme undesirable Abdulhadi Al-Khowajah who happen to be the head of the disbanded BCHR. All in all, they seem to have taken offense at this kid meddling in the big boys’ sphere.

Regardless and notwithstanding the aforementioned, I still do not understand why anyone who wants to do good needs to seek express permission to do so in this country!

I don’t know what their motive is, but I’ll assume the best and think that they just don’t like competition.

In the mean time, I would like to express my full support to the BYSHR and affirm its right to exist and to do good by and for the community.

Hands off MoSA, you’re not doing this country any good by those unfair regulations you are trying to shove down the civil societies’ throats.

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  1. BuZain says:

    It never ends. It changes skins, puts on all kinds of masks, colors and names, but it never ends. Hands off Al Maskati you oppressors

  2. Esra'a says:

    Well done Mahmood. We also have a petition in support of Maskati here, 300+ sigs so far in just 2 days and counting.

  3. Esra'a says:

    Oh sorry, I didn’t know you already included that in one of your links.

    The international community is ready to take action should anything happen to Mohammed, that is for sure. Several news agencies worldwide are lined up and ready to rally for him. He should feel safe in the knowledge that whatever happens is not going to go unnoticed or forgotten. We’re here to fight by his side.

  4. Capt. Arab says:

    The MoSA is not capable of providing adequate support for families in need, let alone come up with some innovative idea which should benefit society. Look at the failed handicrafts, workshops, etc… Unfortunately, it is still run by an old administration which has absolutely no clue of what the year 2007 is about.

  5. Salman says:

    Practice what you preach, please.

  6. Finlandi says:

    Hi Mahmood,
    this is not related to this post, but i thought i should let you know, that the RSS feed is screwing up again… it keeps showing live bookmark loading but it never loads… only the older posts show, everything after the Sato’s post doesnt show

  7. mahmood says:

    damn! thanks, will look into it when I have time. thanks.

  8. mahmood says:

    I just did a quick check and it tells me that everything is okay; although I just got an email notification of the last 5 or 6 published articles which should have happened days ago! this suggests that there was a glitch somewhere in Feedburner – which I use exclusively to serve my feeds – and hopefully it is now fixed.

    Let me know if it now works for you, if not, please clear your cache and try again and let me know so I can dig deeper if necessary.

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