The Internet In the Arab World
A New Space of Repression?
No Rules, No Limits
United Arab Emirates:
Freedom of expression is missing despite a decision banning imprisonment for press crimes
The weekly update for ANHRI # 298
4/2/2010 – 10/2/2010
First victims of Law
The first impacts of the decision of the Jordanian government to subject websites to the law of press and publication was that Jordan's state prosecutor interrogated the journalist Khaled Mahadin, for violating the Press and Publications Law . Mahadin was accused of libel and slander on a means of publication, after publishing an article on his website “Khandak” entitled: "Will Comrade Saleh succeed in turning over hats of Jordan?" Unfortunately ,the case was filed by chairman of Jordan Radio and Television.
For more details: http://www.anhri.net/lebanon/sk/2010/pr0203.shtml
More on http://www.anhri.net/jordan
Human Rights Watch and the Bahraini Organization for Human Rights held a press conference on 8/2/2010 to announce the release of the report of Human Rights Watch on the Bahraini security set back to use torture. The report was based on interviews with former detainees and examination of court documents and forensic reports. The report stated that , "Torture is resurrected " and that since the end of 2007 ,Bahraini security resorted to torture suspects, apparently to extract confessions
Bahraini Organization for Human Rights
More on : http://www.anhri.net/bahrain
Makhlouf Appeal Reviewed
On 3/2/2010, the hearing of the appeal submitted by media activist Zouhair Makhlouf was held to challenge the verdict of 10/2/2010
A campaign was launched calling for all lawyers, jurists and human rights organizations in and out Tunisia to support the right of Najat Al-Obeidi, to issue a passport . The campaign also included 17 Tunisian activists whose right to move was violated on several levels and in various forms
To join the campaign : [email protected]
Horreya we Insaf
More on : http://www.anhri.net/tunisia
Letter to the Secretary-General
This week ,four human rights organizations addressed Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon in an open letter
expressing concern about the serious and persistent violations of human rights perpetrated by Israeli occupation forces in occupied Syrian territory in the Golan Heights.
Escalating violations are displayed by the decision of the recent so-called regional council of settlements in the Golan Heights, Hagolan, to develop an annual plan to settle 300 new Jewish families in Golan Heights, and 150 families Ketzrin colony , in a demographic campaign to Judaize Arabic Golan.
This strategy runs in parallel with the decision of the Israeli Knesset to proceed in legal and legislative measures to approve the referendum law to the Golan Heights in case of withdrawal resulting from negotiations with Syria.
For the full text of the message
Syrian League for the Defense of Human Rights.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Damascus Center for Theoretical Studies and civil rights.
National Organization for Human Rights in Syria.
More on : http://www.anhri.net/syria
Production Team under Fire
Team of Iraqiya was exposed to shootings and beatings at a military checkpoint east of Mousel. by one of the checkpoints of the Iraqi army, east of Mosul.
Journalistic Freedoms Observatory, in a statement, strongly condemned the brutality of security forces with journalists and calls upon the Iraqi defense ministry to conduct an urgent investigation, and disclose facts of this unjustified attack and punish the doers.
The observatory stated that in another statement that the ministry bore full responsibility for another attack where journalists were arrested, in Dohuk, Kurdistan , on charges of defamation and abuse of religion, on 1/2/2010.
City police arrested Abdul Rahman Bamarni editor of "Jafder” weekly and a reporter at the same newspaper, Hoshenk Sheikh Mohammed, after he published a poem in which he addressed domes and mosques in a fashion considered to be abusing Islam.
The Journalistic Freedoms Observatory
More on : http://www.anhri.net/iraq
Israeli occupation forces fired rubber bullets deliberately on the photographer of Chinese agency Nidal Ashtia in the village of Iraq Burin, near Nablus. Nidal was covering clashes raging between Israeli settlers and villagers of Iraq Burin, when a number of settlers vandalized a water well in the village.
While Israeli army was present in the area , a soldier approached Nidal and asked him to stop filming, but he insisted, so the soldier shot him with rubber bullets in the foot, disabling him from continuing his work. Paramedics in the area provided medical aid.
MADA statement denounced the Israeli occupation forces detaining a bus carrying fifty journalists at Container checkpoint, while returning from Ramallah to AlKhalil, where elections of journalists union were held. Israeli forces attacked producer and presenter of radio Baladna at AlKhalil, Raed AlAtrash. According to AlAtrash , Israeli soldiers got all passengers off the bus ,confiscated their identity cards, and swore at them.
More on http://www.anhri.net/palestine
The Arabic Network for Human Rights today strongly denounced the escalating campaign against members and activists of Muslim Brothers in Egypt, as security arrested about 15 members of the group, including Mahmoud Ezzat, professor at med school , Zagazig university and deputy group leader , Abdul Rahman Abd AlBarr theology professor at Mansura university , Essam ElErian former MP, and 12 others. They were detained on Monday 8/2/2010 break of day. Security ,acting normally ,did not declare reasons for the arrests..
Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, issued its quarterly report on freedom of religion and belief in Egypt. The report addressed a number of developments in Egypt regarding freedom of religion and belief.
The report monitored a number of incidents of sectarian violence between Muslims and Christians in several cities. It provided a detailed documentation of the incidents, which included massive violent attacks targeting homes and property of Christians in Dairut Assiut Governorate, in October 2009 , as well as Farshute and Abu Tisht in Qena, in November of the same year. The report also referred to the two attacks that targeted churches in each of Tama , Sohag and Sinnouris, Fayoum.
Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights
More on http://www.anhri.net/egypt
Satellite channel Barred
On 27/1/2010, Alalem channel was barred by a resolution of Arabsat administration . The barring decision was taken on 3/11/2010. The statement of the Moroccan League for the Defense of Human Rights condemned the resolution and declared absolute support with the channel.
The league demanded an immediate decision to unbar the channel, and to respond to the call of many human rights activists , defenders of freedom of opinion and expression ,the provisions of Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in December 1948 and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights adopted in December 1966.
The Moroccan League for the Defense of Human Rights
More on: http://www.anhri.net/morocco
Trial of journalist Mohamed al-Maqaleh
A statement of the Yemeni observatory for human rights was issued on the first closed hearing of Maqaleh. He was charged of participating in an armed gang with Houthis and spreading false news and biased data.
It was known that security insists on detaining Mohamed Maqaleh since his abduction on 17/9/2009. His trial began defying constitutionality of the court ignoring his suffering of abuses for nearly four months . All those measures are blatant violations of international conventions on human rights.
Yemeni Observatory for Human Rights
More on : http://www.anhri.net/yemen
1- Police Campaign against Muslim Brothers
2- Mauritanian authorities decided on a two year imprisonment of the renowned journalist Hanafi Ould Dah, editor of the e- paper “Takadomi” , on charges of " challenging good moral and incitement to insurgence ". Another journalist, Abdel-Fattah Ould Ebeidna " editor of AlAqsa paper was fined $ 1.1M convicted of libel of a Mauritanian business man.
3- Egytpian Fatwa Banning Facebook
4- The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, expressed utter rejection of the SSI raiding a publishing house, arresting its director, and confiscating the novel "The leader has a hair cut" of Idris Ali .The novel describes the life style in Libya in a prevailing climate of repression since Gaddafi seized power in 1969, specifically the years which the author spent in Libya ; 1976 to 1980.
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