Articles tagged with the keyword: ‘human rights’

The Army Is Watching Over Egypt, But Who’s Watching Over The Army?

The Army Is Watching Over Egypt, But Who’s Watching Over The Army?

Mounting criticism of the way the Egyptian Army is governing Egypt grew louder yesterday with press reports that one of the country’s most prominent human rights lawyers has been arrested and will likely face a military trial. Amidst a flurry of confusion about the fate of the well-known human rights crusader, The Egyptian Daily News […]

From Saudi Arabia: Thanks, Muammar!

From Saudi Arabia: Thanks, Muammar!

The civil war in Libya has been an unexpected gift to Saudi Arabia: It has diverted the eyes of the world away from how the House of Saud is dealing with its own version of Arab Spring. The oil-rich kingdom is pursuing a two-pronged strategy. The first prong is to provide citizens with financial incentives […]

Death Penalty Declines, But Not In China

Death Penalty Declines, But Not In China

The good news is that momentum against the death penalty is gaining ground around the world. The bad news is that the number of people executed in 2010 — at least 527 – does not include China, the numbers are in the thousands. These are two of the conclusions of a database survey carried out […]

The Mubarak Comedy Hour

The Mubarak Comedy Hour

I haven’t had this much fun since Grandma let all the cousins, nieces and nephews rummage through her big Brooklyn house in our fierce competition for the title “Scavenger of the Month.” Well, imagine the sheer glee, the unbridled joy that an unreconstructed scavenger feels when you let him/her loose in the archives of the […]

Morocco And Turkey: Templates For Mideast Democracy?

Morocco And Turkey: Templates For Mideast Democracy?

Such is the state of U.S. cable news and most other traditional media that when two big stories happen at the same time the rest of the world might just as well not exist. Journalists and their editors are currently preoccupied with Libya and Japan, one caused by man-made hubris, the other triggered by natural […]

Is That A Light At the End Of the Tunnel? Or An Oncoming Train?

Is That A Light At the End Of the Tunnel? Or An Oncoming Train?

Human rights groups including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have called on Egyptian military authorities for the immediate release of a peaceful pro-democracy demonstrator tried and convicted in a military court. The organizations also charged that military courts should not be used to prosecute civilians. The military should “halt detentions of peaceful demonstrators and […]

Iraq: Work in Progress, Wishful Thought Or Propaganda Vehicle?

Iraq: Work in Progress, Wishful Thought Or Propaganda Vehicle?

Almost eight years after US-led forces invaded Iraq, the country’s transition to a functioning and sustainable democracy built on rule of law is far from accomplished. And knowledgeable observers are divided about whether the country is a work in progress full of growing pains, a wishful thought – or a propaganda vehicle. According to a […]

Experts: UN Not Going Far Enough On Libya

Experts: UN Not Going Far Enough On Libya

Major human rights groups and Middle East experts unanimously agreed today that the United Nations was not nearly tough enough in its condemnation of Libyan dictator Moammar El-Gadhafi, who is currently trying desperately to hang on to power by mobilizing his army, air force, and mercenary militias to attack Libyan citizens demanding an end to […]

Revolutionary Residue: Egypt’s Political Prisoners

Revolutionary Residue: Egypt’s Political Prisoners

Major international human rights groups are demanding that Egypt’s new military rulers immediately release all political prisoners, or charge them with a criminal offense, bring them before an independent judge, and try them before a court that meets international fair trial standards. On February 13, 2011, the ruling High Military Council ordered the suspension of […]

Rule of Law, Iraqi Style

Rule of Law, Iraqi Style

Egypt’s pro-democracy uprising has pushed almost all other news – with the possible exception of the Superbowl — off front pages and TV screens. But while that dramatic collision plays out, news is being made elsewhere as well. And some of it is critical. For example, a few days ago Human Rights Watch revealed that […]

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