Arabic Network for Human Rights Information
Weekly Bulletin #367
19\08\2010 – 25\08\2011
The Bahrain authorities have blocked access to the website of “Bahrain Movement for Justice and Development”
Reporters Without Borders condemned in a statement blocking the website of “Bahrain Movement for Justice and Development” based in London and founded in July 2011. consisting mainly of Bahrain citizens resident abroad that denounces human rights violations in Bahrain and advocates democratic reforms. The website had been about to post an article in which Ali Al-Aswad, an exile and former parliamentarian, saying that he is afraid of a civil war could break out in Bahrain. The authorities accused the site of “breaking Bahrain’s laws.” without submitting any details about the laws he broke.
Source: Reporters Without Borders
For more information about Bahrain: http://www.anhri.net/?cat=13
Ongoing hostility of the Sudanese government towards media freedom and the confiscation of “Al-Jarida” newspaper
Targeting press and confiscating it in Sudan became on weekly basis. The Arab Network for Human Rights Information ANHRI and the Committee to Protect Journalists CJP condemned the ongoing targeting to press by the Sudanese authorities. That was in a press release after the Sudanese Security Services seized copies of “Al-Jarida” newspaper in the early morning of 21 August for the second time in a row. The measure was taken after the newspaper had been printed and without any explanation provided for this arbitrary action.
Source: The Arab Network for Human Rights Information
Committee to Protect Journalists
For more information about Sudan: http://www.anhri.net/?cat=16
End War Crimes to Help Tackle Famine
All parties to Somalia’s armed conflict have committed serious violations of the laws of war that are contributing to the country’s humanitarian catastrophe, Human Rights Watch said in a report released this week. All sides should immediately end abuses against civilians, hold those responsible to account, and ensure access to aid and free movement of people fleeing conflict and drought.
The 58-page report, “You Don’t Know Who to Blame’: War Crimes in Somalia” documents numerous abuses during the fighting in Somalia.
For more information about the report: http://www.anhri.net/?p=37954
Source: Human Rights Watch
For more information about Somalia: http://www.anhri.net/?cat=17
Suits against journalists
Reporters Without Borders condemned the suits brought by authorities on charges of “spreading false information” against the charge of “Al-Michaal” weekly newspaper Idris Abdul-Aziz and the journalist Abdel-Aziz Kokas.
The organization called on the Moroccan authorities to reverse this abuse of the judicial inconsistent with the desire of the kingdom, which was announced in April this year to reform the press law to become more democratic. Reporters Without Borders condemned the difficulties which journalists face when they write news about political life in the Kingdom. It is expected that the parliamentary elections will be held in October 2011.
Source: Reporters Without Borders
For more information about Morocco: http://www.anhri.net/?cat=20
A Syrian writer disappeared
Alaaeddin Al Rashi, a 37-year-old Syrian human rights activist and publisher, was arrested on 20 March by agents of the Saudi Intelligence services as he was travelling to Saudi Arabia.
It is worth noting that Mohamed who is living now in Syria, used to live in Riyadh with his family for 10 years, as he is a father for 4 children and he has regularly and publicly expressed his opinions about various subjects and he is the author of numerous books about various social issues. As well as he is a member of the Arab Commission for Human Rights.
Source: Al Karama Organization for Human Rights
For more information about Saudi Arabia:
Yemeni government forces arrest cameraman
On 22 August, 2011 the Committee to Protect Journalists concerned the continuing deterioration of conditions for journalists operating in Yemen saying that “On August 12, authorities detained Ahmed Firas, a cameraman for Suhail TV. and sized his tools where he was back to his village Arheb.” According to one local journalist, Firas’ detention may be related to his work at the pro-revolution news station.
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists
For more information about Yemen: http://www.anhri.net/?cat=21
Continuation of the bloody repression in Syria
As the situation in Syria since the outbreak of the protests. A bloody crackdown by the Syrian authorities against peaceful protesters, which led to the downfall of many of the victims and detainees. According to estimates by Syrian Human Rights Organizations the Syrian Security killed 69 martyr this week, some names and videos are available on the following link: http://www.anhri.net/?p=38280
Source: National Organizations for Human Rights in Syria
For more information about Syria: http://www.anhri.net/?cat=24
Human Rights Organizations demand to protect the civilians of Gaza
Several Human Rights Organizations in the Arab World condemned the silence of the International Community and its disability to protect the Human Rights in Gaza. They condemned also what it described as the crimes of the occupying state against the Palestinian civilians in Gaza strip. That was after the attack of the Israeli occupation Army on Gaza strip, which led to several civilian victims and the buildings of the besieged strip.
For more information:
Source: The National Association for Democracy and Law
Mandela Foundation for Human Rights
and other regional and international organizations
For more information about Palestine: http://www.anhri.net/?cat=25
36 NGOs condemn the campaign waged by Egyptian authorities against civil society organizations
In a press conference sponsored by 36 Egyptian human rights organizations on 24 August, 2011 at the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), the NGOs announced their condemnation of the fierce campaign waged by the government and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) on civil society organizations and human rights groups.
Human rights organizations presented their statement at the press conference declaring their position towards these infringements, and voicing their demands to competent authorities, on top of which is the dismissal of the Minister of Solidarity and the Minister of International Cooperation. for further information:
Source: Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS)
Egyptian human rights organizations
For more information about Egypt: http://www.anhri.net/?cat=53
Arabic Network for Human Rights Information
ANHRI issued this week 8 press releases about the freedom situations in the Middle East & North Africa as follows:
1- Twitter in the Arab governments’ line of fire
2- Sudan: ANHRI condemns the confiscation of Al-Jarida newspaper
3- Part time Justice: Press Conference announcing the reasons why Prosecutor General must leave and the need to regain the citizens confidence in general prosecution
4- No one is above the will of the people. ANHRI welcomes the imminent ousting of Libyan Dictator Muammar Gaddafi and calls on Bashar Al-Assad to learn the lesson
5- Egyptian Rights Organizations : Israel crimes cannot remain unpunished
6- UN complaint and press conference to respond to attacks on civil society groups
7- An invitation to attend a press conference to announce the first report on the media coverage
8- Press release by 36 rights organizations: Successors of Mubarak’s regime intensify their attack against the civil society and freedom of association
As well as , ANHRI issued two reports this week:
1- Part time Justice about the reasons why Prosecutor General must leave
2- The media coverage of the judicial system and the Military Council in Egypt
For more information about the reports and studies of ANHRI:
For more information about the press releases of ANHRI: