Document of pledge and assurance of loyalty
Under this document, I the undersigned assure, As a full-time student studying at the University of Bahrain, my complete loyalty to the leadership of the Kingdom of Bahrain, represented by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, governor of this country may God protect him, and to the rational government.
I also undertake to respect the laws and regulations of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and the laws and regulations of the University of Bahrain, which I have seen in the (Regulations of Professional Conduct Violations for University of Bahrain students), and not to organize or participate in any activity within the campus or outside that is irrelevant to student and academic affairs and authorized research. Or that would harm the reputation of the Kingdom of Bahrain inside and outside.
I am also fully aware that I pay only 6% of the total cost of my tuition, which is approximately 200 BD (523 $) per year, while the State bears 94% of the total cost of my tuition which is estimated to be about 4000 BD (10638.3 $) per year.
Accordingly, I acknowledge that not signing this document means I do not want to pursue my studies at the University of Bahrain, and in the case of signing, I understand that any act committed contrary to policies included in the terms of this document, gives the administration of the University of Bahrain the right to take appropriate actions against me and implement penalties that may reach a maximum of final and immediate expelling from the University of Bahrain.
The person who sent this to me and translated it also says that on the back of this document, which the signatories were not allowed to leave with, there were another series of points.
Just points about not protesting inside campus and not doing anything against the government, not discussing politics with colleagues and instructors.. etc
This was also related to me:
A heart breaking story I feel like sharing, is that my friend saw brother of martyr Ali mo’men who was brutally murdered by riot police on feb 17th [during the first raid on the Lulu Roundabout] while he was leaving the hall we were signing the pledges at, and carrying the guidelines leaflet that is given to us after we sign. He had to sign on complete loyalty to the king while the regime recently murdered his brother just so he could complete his education.
By forcing its students sign this drivel, The University of Bahrain is not only making a mockery of academic freedom but of loyalty itself.
Loyalty is a feeling that must be inspired in the hearts of people. It cannot be demanded at gunpoint. That’s not loyalty. That’s terror. And terror is a rope that frays quickly and breaks easily. A rope that often ends up wrapped around the neck of the people wielding it.
But I expect nothing better from the brutal despots who rule Bahrain.
How would they know the first thing about dignity or human decency? They have none.