This weekend, I will leave for London to attend the seminar chaired by Lord Avebury, the Vice-Chairman of the Parliamentary Human Rights Group, on Thursday 25th August 2005.
According to the invitiation the title of the seminar is : Bahrain: 30 years of unconstitutional rule
It will be exciting to meet Lord Avebury, a good friend of Bahrain and the Bahrainis, and all the other people who follow different aspects of political developments in our country.
The seminar will also be a good occasion to discuss with representatives what an aditor of a Bahrain daily calls “disenchanted Bahraini groups”.(the Arabic version of this editoral is more confused).
Like many post-colonial persons of my age, I love to visit my ex-colonial metropole. But a particular joy has been added to my visits to London since the mid-1990s.
I now realize that I enjoy a pivilge of sort. I can visit the UK any time I choose (at the discretion of my employer and the British consular services). But Bahrain’s prime minister cannot. Nay, thanks to the development of Ian Henderson case, our PM dares not even think of such a trip. There are many of us who wish he does.
In a way I feel good every time I pass through Heathrow and recall that the mighty PM of Bahrain cannot . For Khalifa bin Salman the nearest town to London is Dublin.
Here is an enchanted Bahraini person preparing himself to undertake a journey that his former tormentor cannot undertake.
See you in ten days.