06/17/2015

 Brian Dooley, Director, Human Rights First's Human Rights Defenders Program

Sunday June 21 will mark one year since Egyptian human rights defender Yara Sallam and 22 others were arrested in the Cairo district of Heliopolis. She's been in jail since then, along with six other women who were arrested at the same time in connection with a peaceful protest. Sanaa Seif, sister of prominent jailed activist Alaa Abdel Fattah, is one of these six women. They have all been sentenced to two years in prison.

 19 May 2015 19:04 GMT

A new study by a human-rights group accuses Egyptian security forces of increasingly using sexual violence against men, women and children with impunity.

أن تكون مسافرا بينما بلدك يغلي، ذلك بحد ذاته حزن، وأن تكون عالقا في مطار ما، أو مدينة ما، بسبب حرب تطحن بلدك فذلك أشد حزنا، أما لو كنت عالقا تنتظر أن تصلك رسالة تخبرك عن مقتل أحد أحبائك، فهنا تكون قد صعدت إلى قمة الحزن، ثم وما في قمة الحزن لا يسمى ولا تحكيه الحكايا.

By Ajnadin Mustapha and Salem Ali.

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Dear King Salman,

As a loyal subject of the Al Saud royal family, I congratulate you on your ascension to the throne. I join both fellow Saudis and world leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama, who will be here in Riyadh on Tuesday, in expressing my condolences for the recent death of King Abdullah and sending good wishes to you, our new king.

The Health Ministry announced 18 deaths on the fourth anniversary of the January 25 revolution, 16 of which occurred in clashes between protesters and police in Matareya, Haram and Alexandria. 

At least 52 were injured nationwide, including five police officers.

Sexualised and gender-based violence in Iraq, highlighted in recent weeks in relation to ISIS atrocities, has been at the heart of sectarian and authoritarian politics and developments since 2003. How can we talk about it and mobilise against it?

Que l’on croit ou pas qu’une intervention militaire US/Europe contre l’Etat Islamique soit une stratégie vouée à l’échec,
que l’on prévoit ou pas que le fait de choisir la mauvaise stratégie pourrait plonger la région dans le chaos pour des décennies et amener encore plus de combattants à rejoindre l’EI,
que l’on considère ou pas qu’une intervention militaire ne ferait que servir de couverture à l’impérialisme au Moyen Orient,
que l’on soit conscient ou pas du fait que, dans le passé, les droits humains ont servi de justification aux opérations militaires,
que l’on soit ou pas un pacifiste jusqu’au-boutiste, opposé à toute guerre quelle qu’elle soit, y compris contre Hitler (ou les nouveaux Hitlers de notre temps, qu’en Algérie nous appelons depuis les années 90 des fascistes-verts),...

Whether or not one believes a US/European military intervention against the Islamic State is a strategy that is likely to fail,
whether or not one foresees, as a result of opting for the wrong strategy, decades of chaos in the region and more fighters joining IS,
whether or not one considers military intervention as a cover up from imperialism in the Middle East,
whether or not one is aware of human rights past justifications for military interventions,
whether or not one is an all-out pacifist opposed to any war, even against Hitler (or the new Hitlers of our times that we, in Algeria, have been labeling ‘green-fascists’ since the nineties),

Sexual violence is one of the most horrific crimes committed during conflict. No one should have to endure the pain and humiliation of rape and sexual exploitation and violence, and it is particularly deplorable when a child is subjected to this brutality. The prevalence in conflict of sexual violence against children is shocking.

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