We are far away from democ­racy

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS - By Ab­del­latif Al-Duaij

Democ­racy is not just about elec­tions only. Democ­racy is free­dom of opin­ion and ex­pres­sion, and with­out free­dom of ex­pres­sion in any shape, there won’t be democ­racy, and there is no in­di­vid­ual who doesn’t play his role freely with enough abil­i­ties to al­low him to choose what he thinks is in his in­ter­est. Free­dom of ex­pres­sion can­not take place com­pletely and ef­fec­tively with­out the “free­dom to reach it”, or events or ju­di­cial rul­ings. Here, we do not lack the re­quired en­cour­age­ment to search, in­ves­ti­gate and make opin­ions. Rather in re­al­ity, ev­ery­thing is dark and pro­tected by ban­ning get­ting in­volved in it.

The hu­man be­ing here is born with a pack­aged men­tal­ity that he gets, or rather im­posed on him, by the sa­cred re­li­gious and so­cial in­her­i­tance. This men­tal­ity is not im­posed and taught to the young only rather he will be banned from touch­ing it af­ter he be­comes an adult and his phys­i­cal built be­comes com­plete, be­cause he does not grow “men­tally” at all. He is born with the men­tal­ity of his fa­thers and grand­fa­thers. This ban is by the law, en­shrined in ar­ti­cle 19 of Kuwait’s me­dia law and its amend­ments.

So, it is nat­u­ral to quar­an­tine the free­dom of opin­ion in all shapes, and that the ci­ti­zen should over­look this free­dom, al­though the found­ing fa­thers were keen on in­still­ing it in ar­ti­cle 175 of the con­sti­tu­tion: “The pro­vi­sions re­lat­ing to the Amiri sys­tem in Kuwait and the prin­ci­ples of lib­erty and equal­ity, pro­vided for in this con­sti­tu­tion, may not be pro­posed for re­vi­sion ex­cept in re­la­tion to the ti­tle of the ami­rate or to in­crease the guar­an­tees of lib­erty and equal­ity.”

Based on back­ward men­tal­ity and ma­li­cious un­con­sti­tu­tional laws, two distin­guished par­lia­men­tary can­di­dates such as Safaa Al-Hashem and Ab­del­hameed Dashti were struck out, with­out any­one car­ing or be­ing an­gry. That means that ban­ning the free­dom ex­pres­sion has be­come a tool used by any­one who wants to iso­late or block the op­por­tu­ni­ties of rep­re­sent­ing the na­tion from who­ever is seen as a dan­ger or neg­a­tively af­fects them.

We do not sug­gest bad in­ten­tions in the dis­bar­ring here, just as much as we do not sug­gest per­fec­tions in those who were struck out, but there re­mains that ev­ery in­di­vid­ual has the right to freely ex­press his opin­ion in a demo­cratic so­ci­ety. He should not be held to ac­count po­lit­i­cally later or at any time, as the case was for some peo­ple over the prac­tice of their free­dom and en­joy­ing the rights the found­ing fa­thers were keen to pro­vide and guar­an­tee for them.

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