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Intervention to the Meeting of Freedom of Expression An Arab-Euro Exchange – ACHR

Hedayat Abdel Nabi... Press Emblem Campaign Intervention to the Meeting of Freedom of Expression An Arab-Euro Exchange - ACHR Paris February 14, 2005 The Press Emblem Campaign aims at providing media with an Emblem that would be guaranteed by an International Convention ratified by as many countries as possible, so that the media like humanitarian workers would better perform their job in the field and especially in situations of armed…

Human Rights in the Arab Countries

By Haytham Manna If the world trembled on November 13, 2001, it is the Arab countries that have paid the price for the globalization of the state of emergency declared by George W. Bush following the tragic events of September 11. With Ariel Sharon’s assumption of power in Israel, our misfortune has reached an all-time high. It is not an exaggeration to say that the Arab world has not seen…

Human Rights and Secularism

Haytham Manna Human Rights and Secularism Rediscovery of the World If tolerance is the legitimate father of Western democracy, then secularism can be considered the contested mother of human rights. The concept of Aufklärung is elaborated through the discourse between acquired and religious knowledge, between human and divine law. Man achieves the age of adulthood through a continual act of recreation whereby the world recovers the transparency of its origins.…

Hiroshima, Nagasaki & Christian morality

by Patrick J. Buchanan August 10, 2005 On the 40th, 50th and 60th anniversaries of D-Day, Presidents Reagan, Clinton and George W. Bush traveled to Normandy to lead us in tribute to the bravery of the Greatest Generation of Americans, who had liberated Europe. Always a deeply moving occasion. The 40th, 50th and 60th anniversaries of the dropping of the atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, however, were not times…

NEW ORLEANS: CITIZEN TESTIMONY

Malik Rahim, a veteran of the Black Panther Party in New Orleans, for decades an organizer of public housing tenants both there and in San Francisco and a recent Green Party candidate for New Orleans City Council, lives in the Algiers neighborhood, the only part of New Orleans that is not flooded. They have no power, but the water is still good and the phones work. Their neighborhood could be…

Outcry over Guantanamo desecration

The Muslim world is up in arms over the desecration of the Qur'an by prison staff in Guantanamo Bay, writes Laila Saada from New York For all of last week, images of American flags on fire dominated the news. Afghan demonstrators marched in their thousands; More than 15 were killed and dozens wounded; Yemeni students chanted "Death to America", while in India, Gaza and Pakistan, as the anger rippled in…

Taysir Alony sentencing – Peter Bergen

On Monday a Spanish court sentenced Taysir Alony , a fifty year old al Jazeera television reporter with a heart condition, to a term of seven years for “collaboration with a terrorist organization.” Alony had been al Jazeera’s bureau chief in Afghanistan during the Taliban era, one only of a couple of television reporters based full time in Kabul who covered the ultra fundamentalist movement. The evidence that was used…

Iraq’s Interim Constitution… The objectives and future scenarios…

Abderrahim Sabir In June 30, 2004 a “new Iraq government” will emerge to “administer” the daily affairs of the state and help pave the road for an elected parliament, the adoption of a permanent constitution, and a government by early 2005. These objectives limit the interim appointed government from making any long-term decisions that might impact or hinder the work of the upcoming elected bodies. But what role does the…

Thus spoke the people of North Sinai

Testimonies of State Security Intelligence Victims in Arish and the city of Sheikh Zoayyed Report of a fact finding visit Undertaken by The Egyptian Association against Torture (Laila Soueif, Aida Seif El Dawla) Hisham Mubarak Law Center (Ahmed Seif El Islam Hamad) El Nadim Center for the Rehabilitation of Victim of Violence (Magda Adly) 15 – 17 November 2004 We present this report without an introduction, without comments.. the words…

A Joint Press release Denouncing the Arbitrary Arrest and Detention of Hussein Aloudat and Ali Al-Abdallah by the Syrian political security forcs

The Arab Commission for Human Rights (ACHR), the International Committee for the Defense of Taysir Alony (ICDTA) and the Arab Committee for the Defense of Journalists (ACDJ) are very concerned for the arbitrary arrest and detention of the 68 year old Syrian journalist and academic Hussein ALOUDAT. Director of Al Ahali Publishers, founder and director of SANA(1966-1970), author of many books about women and religion, Mr. ALOUDAT is an adviser…