On 6 August, the Special Chamber of the Criminal Court in Tora Prison ordered, without motive, the continued detention of prominent Egyptian human rights activist Alaa Abdel Fattah, who was held in a glass cage for the duration of the hearing.

Statement  for Gaza, for Palestine.

For almost a month, the state of Israel has attacked the Palestinian
population in violation of international law and international human
rights along with unacceptable support from the international community,
whose silence is an accomplice to Israel's war crimes in the eyes of the
world.

The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) is looking for an experienced and professional Programme Manager to run its Regional Programme which covers Morocco, Algeria, Mali, Libya and Mauritania. The Programme Manager is expected to oversee and implement all elements of MDI’s programme ‘‘Inclusive Voices for Conflict Prevention and Democracy Building in North Africa: bringing the voices of the Sahara into the public sphere”. The main goal of the programme is to set up and run an online news/feature agency with citizen journalists based in the Saharan region.

Professor Mads Gilbert is a Norwegian emergency physician who gained international fame for his support to the Palestinian people. From the Al-Shifa hospital in besieged Gaza, he challenged Obama to spend one night in the hospital during the murderous Israeli bombing campaign. After two weeks working in the war zone, he left Gaza last Monday. On the way back home, he made a stopover in Brussels to testify about his experience.
“My key message is clear,” he says, “This is an all-out war against Palestinian civilians.”
It is a bold statement Gilbert also substantiates with data: “One third of the fatalities are children. Among the injured, women and children comprise half of all cases. In the Al-Shifa hospital, I have seen thousands of injured but only two of them were fighters.”
“It is the fourth time I was in Gaza during a war. Also in 2006, 2009 and 2012 I was there during the bombardments. Each time I was working in the Al-Shifa hospital, the largest of the Gaza Strip. What I have seen now is worse. There are more civilian casualties than before.”
“These are war crimes”
“We are scientists,” dr. Gilbert says, “and we live to tell the truth.” That doesn't stop the indignation from running deep, though. “Indiscriminately bombing civilian targets, it is something you would expect from ISIS or Boko Haram. But the Israeli army is one of the most modern armies in the world. In this case, there is no doubt: These are war crimes.”

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Urgent need for climate change adaptation measures in Arab countries

Authors: M.K. Tolba (ed); N.W. Saab (ed)
Publisher: Arab Forum for Environment and Development, 2009

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Although greenhouse gas emissions from the Arab world amount to 4.2% of global emissions, the impact of climate change on the fragile environment of the region and its people is expected to be immense. This report aims to provide information to governments, business, academia and the public about the impact of climate change on the Arab countries, and encourage concrete action to face the challenge.

The report analyses the Arab response to the urgent need for adaptation measures, and uses the latest research findings to describe the vulnerabilities of natural and human systems in the Arab world to climate change and the impacts on different sectors. In an attempt to help shape adequate policies, the report discusses options for a post-Kyoto regime and outlines the state of international negotiations in this regard.

Egypt blogger military trial criticised

Egypt has been strongly criticised by Human Rights Watch for trying a blogger, Ahmed Mustafa, before a military court.

The 20-year-old is accused of publishing false information in a blog a year ago, alleging a case of nepotism at Egypt's premier military academy.

Egypt's emergency law, in place since 1981, allows indefinite detention and trials of civilians in military courts. Egyptian officials have denied that the power is much used.

Mr Mustafa, an engineering student, is charged with releasing information considered secret to the armed forces, and of spreading false information insulting officials responsible for admissions to the military academy. The only evidence presented at his trial this week is the post on his blog.

Iraq: Candidates Should Promote Human Rights

Elections an Opportunity to Improve Conditions Across the Country

(Washington, DC) - Political parties and candidates in Iraq's parliamentary elections on March 7, 2010, should promise to uphold human rights, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The election will be a key indicator of whether the country is moving toward greater political stability and respect for human rights and away from the sectarian violence that devastated Iraq after the 2005 election, Human Rights Watch said.

The six-page report, "Iraq's 2010 National Elections: A Human Rights Platform for Candidates," focuses on five key areas of human rights problems: electoral exclusion; abridged freedom of expression; ill-treatment and torture in detention; violence against vulnerable groups; and the plight of refugees and internally displaced persons. Human Rights Watch urged political parties to make the report's specific and feasible recommendations part of their electoral commitments.


In March 2010, the Commission on the Status of Women will undertake a fifteen-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly.   Emphasis will be placed on the sharing of experiences and good practices, with a view to overcoming remaining obstacles and new challenges, including those related to the Millennium Development Goals.  Member States, representatives of non-governmental organizations and of UN entities will participate in the session.  A series of parallel events will provide additional opportunities for information exchange and networking.

Ongoing national and regional review processes are feeding into the global review process.

The General Assembly is expected to mark the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in a commemorative meeting during CSW.

* National level review of implementation

* Regional 15-year review processes
o Regional reports
          o Regional meetings

* Global 15-year review process in the 54th session of the Commission on the Status of Women
* Commemoration of the 15th anniversary by the General Assembly
* Related intergovernmental processes
* Other commemorative initiatives in the UN

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