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DON'T DESTROY OUR VALUES

MANAMA: Terrorism, subversion and street violence have ruined Bahrain's efforts to mark the International Day of Tolerance.

And as Bahrain joins the rest of the world today to salute values of peace and love, Minister of State for Human Rights Affairs Dr Salah Ali denounced those who are defiling Islamic and Arab values.

He said that the kingdom has adopted an approach to promote tolerance and co-existence according to the Islamic precepts.

He stressed Bahrain has been able to fuse these principles throughout its history and succeed in promoting values of tolerance among all social components.

Yet, he said, despite the tremendous efforts of the government to promote the culture of tolerance and co-existence, some groups still persist in opting for violence and terrorism.

"Mounting violence, subversion and terrorism have nothing to do with the values of tolerance and the ethics of the Bahraini people who have always been known for ostracising such hostile and uncivilised behaviour that is religiously, morally and legally rejected," he asserted.

He pointed out that International Day for Tolerance has coincided with a recent series of regrettable and cowardly blasts in Manama which targeted the expatriate community.

"This underlines the need to confront those criminal acts legally," he said, calling for concerted efforts to meet the UN strategy, launched by Unesco, to confront discriminatory practices exercised against the labour force, in general, and the Asian workforce, in particular.

He paid tribute to Asian workers for their vital contribution to the economic, social, scientific and cultural fields in Bahrain over the past years, slamming the hostile campaigns conducted by the extremists against the expatriates.

"This is one side of rejected fanaticism which has to be confronted socially and legally," he said.

"Bahrain is proud to be a partner of the civilised world in respecting values of tolerance," he added, commending the government's strenuous efforts to achieve comprehensive national reconciliation after the unfortunate incidents of February and March last year.

The crisis, he said, "has weakened the social fabric. As a matter of fact, all public and private groups have thrown their weight behind His Majesty King Hamad, His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander, who urged to mend social rifts and tackle the repercussions of what had happened through a set of constitutional and legislative procedures".



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